Why locals love it?
To be quite honest, the Tartu Jaani church doesn't look like much at first glance. Unless you have a fascination with churches bordering on the morbid, there's a fair chance you'll be underwhelmed by this sanctuary. Pretty as though it may be, it's just a tad bit too... Nordic. So why bother going?
Why you should visit it
Well, for starters, all the renovations and reconstructions do well to hide the fact that the oldest bits of the building originate in the 14th century. More astonishing is what you'll find inside - Terracotta figures. Numbering around a thousand, these 700-year old sculptures were largely hidden till the 1950's.
The entrance to the church is free, but if you're looking for more than old sculptures (say, a view?), then it's 1€/1.60€.
Jaani 5 Tartu