Culture and art heritage

Niguliste Museum’s major project “Rode Altarpiece in Close-Up”


The project focuses on the conservation of the magnificent late medieval retable commissioned for the high altar of St Nicholas’ Church. It is one of the most magnificent and best-preserved late medieval Northern German retables in Europe, which arrived in Tallinn in 1481 and has been in place for over 500 years. The conservation work for the retable, which is more than 6 metres wide and nearly 3.5 metres high when open, could also be observed by museum visitors.

The Rode Altar Research and Conservation Project was awarded the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage (the Europa Nostra Award) 2017 in the research category. The award recognizes 29 laureates from 18 countries, selected by a jury of independent experts from among 202 applications by individuals and organisations from 39 European countries. The Board of Museums at the Ministry of Culture recognised the “Rode Altarpiece in Close-Up” project as the best research event of 2016.