St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas’ Church is dedicated to Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of children, maidens, seafarers and merchants. Twice a year, the Niguliste Museum commemorates Saint Nicholas: on the Feast of Saint Nicholas, which is held on 6 December (the day he died), and on the day of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas from Myra to Bari, which is celebrated on 9 May. In honour of these events, the retable of the high altar of St. Nicholas’ Church, made by the Master Hermen Rode in 1478–1481, is festively opened for the public to admire the figures of forty male and female saints and biblical characters, including the church’s patron Saint Nicholas, and Saint Victor, the patron saint of Tallinn.