Tallinn and Order of St Brigitta reach agreement on use of Pirita Convent

Pirita Convent, venue of the annual Birgitta Festival.
Pirita Convent, venue of the annual Birgitta Festival. Source: Jennifer Boyer/commons.wikimedia

Tallinn City Government and the Order of St. Birgitta have reached a cooperation agreement regarding the use of Pirita Convent (Pirita klooster).

Tallinn City Government announced on Monday the cooperation agreement will regulate the preservation of the ruins and cemetery of Pirita Convent, that the burial sites and holy sites are properly used and activities of common interest are organized. The agreement will be signed later this week.

The quarrel between Pirita Convent and the district arose from the fact that if the city and the Order had previously run the ruins together, at the beginning of March the government of Pirita district announced that it would start organizing events in the ruins itself from April 1. 

In March, Tallinn and the Order of St. Brigitta suspended discussions on the use of the convent for two months. The Order stated that it should still be possible to continue celebrating holidays and events which suit the venue.

In June, the Order sent their proposals to city government about how cooperation and events should be organized in future at the ruins of Pirita Convent.

Mayor of Tallinn Mihhail Kõlvart (Center) agreed that not all events are suitable to be held between the convent's walls.

He said: "There have been a lot of different events in the past, which may not even have a sacred meaning. But in the future, I do not rule out that the city's approach may be even more conservative than the Order's approach. Such things as principals should be agreed on together."

Spokesman for the convent Ott Rätsep said there are many suggestions but the most important thing is that events continue to take place in the ruins which fit the venue.

During church holidays, the Order of St. Brigitta has used both the new convent building and the ruins at the same time and want to continue doing so. 


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