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Introduction

The Niguliste Museum preserves, studies and presents medieval and early modern ecclesiastical art.

The museum is housed in St. Nicholas’ Church, built in the 13th century, and is one of the few museums in northern Europe located in a former church building, where ecclesiastical art can be enjoyed in its historical context. The stars of the museum’s collection are late medieval altarpieces from northern Germany and the Netherlands, and Bernt Notke’s painting Danse Macabre from the late 15th century. A particularly valuable part of the collection is silverware that used to belong to churches, guilds and the Brotherhood of Black Heads, currently displayed in the Silver Chamber.

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