Conference venue

All of the scientific sessions of TFP, ICFP, GPCE will be held in the premises of the historic House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads (Mustpeade maja), Pikk 26, two hundred meters from Raekoja plats, the central square of the Old Town of Tallinn.

This famous building stands out in Tallinn's generally medieval streetline by its remarkable renaissance facade dating back to 1597 and the eyecatching 1640 front door.

The Brotherhood, founded in Tallinn in 1399, united young unmarried merchants who organized social events and entertainment for the whole town but also served as a unit of the town cavalry. The Brotherhood was only active in Estonia and Latvia. The name is from their patron saint, the black St Mauritius, an early Christian martyr. The Brotherhood began to rent the Pikk 26 early 14th century residential building in 1406. In 1531 they bought it and renovated it thoroughly, adding, in particular, a large hall with an archless ceiling. The adjoining St Olaf's Guild property at Pikk 24 with a 15th century vaulted hall was acquired later. The Brotherhood emigrated from Estonia in 1940.

Important venue information:

The receptions of the conferences will take place at other locations of touristic interest.

The ICFP reception on Sept. 26 will take place in Tallinn's 600 year old Town Hall (Raekoda), Raekoja plats 1.

Tallinn's Town Hall is the only preserved medieval town hall in the Baltics and Scandinavia. The two-storey limestone building in late Gothic style was constructed 1402-1404. At the top of the 61.5 m tower the figure of Old Thomas (Vana Toomas), a sentry, has stood on guard since 1530. He is the symbol of Tallinn. The facade catches the eye with two colorful copper dragonheads-gargoyles. Today, the Town Hall is a representative building of the city government.

The GPCE / ICFP post-workshops reception on Sept. 29 will take place at Kadriorg Palace (Kadrioru loss), Weizenbergi 37, a baroque palace built by Peter the Great for Catherine I, housing the Foreign Art Museum (Väliskunsti Muuseum) of the Estonian Art Museum (Eesti Kunstimuuseum).

The seaside summer estate of the Drenteln family was purchased for Tsar Peter the Great in 1714. The Kadriorg palace ensemble, whose construction commenced in 1722, was designed by Niccolo Michetti in the style of Italian baroque villas to be the Tsar's summer residence. The main building with its festive hall spanning two storeys is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of baroque architecture in Estonia and the whole of Northern Europe.

The banquets will take place at the following locations.

The TFP / ICFP pre-workshops dinner on Sept. 24 will take place at Restaurant Le Paris of Meriton Grand Hotel Tallinn, Toompuiestee 27.

The ICFP dinner on Sept. 27 will take place in Olde Hansa, Vana turg 1, the number one medieval restaurant of Tallinn.

The GPCE dinner on Sept. 30 will take place at Restaurant Senso of Reval Hotel Olümpia, Liivalaia 33.

How to get to social event places:

All social event locations, except the Kadriorg Palace, are within walking distance from Raekoja plats (the Town Hall Square, the central square of the Old Town). The Kadriorg Palace is in the Kadriorg Park to the east from the Old Town. You can take tram 1 from the stops Mere puiestee or Hobujaama or tram 3 from the stops Vabaduse väljak, Viru or Hobujaama (trams, not buses or trolleybuses!) to the final stop Kadriorg (see maps 2 and 3). A ticket from the driver costs 15 EEK. You are expected to give the exact amount of money.

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