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Helen Betts | profile | all galleries >> Baltic Odyssey >> Tallinn: Medieval Treasure tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

Tallinn: Medieval Treasure

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is a fascinating city with a medieval Old Town that has been designated part of the World Heritage by UNESCO and very odd weather, which seems to change by the minute -- sunny, then cloudy, then rainy, then sunny. I was outside after 11 p.m. and it was still light -- I've never seen anything like it. And the sun rises at 4 a.m. in the summer!

From the Tallinn City Tourism Office site http://www.tourism.tallinn.ee/eng/fpage/explore/attractions/old_town, which has described the charm of the medieval Old Town quite accurately:

"Twisting cobblestone lanes and iron street lamps. Gothic spires and medieval markets. Cappuccino and Wi-Fi. This is the city's famous Old Town. If you're looking for that mix of historic ambience and cutting-edge culture that defines Tallinn, you'll find it here.

Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league, this enclosed neighbourhood of colourful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches is, quite rightly, the city's biggest tourist draw. And the fact that it's all neatly packaged within a mostly-intact city wall and dotted with guard towers gives it an extra dose of fairytale charm."
View of Old Town
View of Old Town
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Town Hall (1404)
Town Hall (1404)
Town Hall dragon waterspout
Town Hall dragon waterspout
Town Hall Square
Town Hall Square
Viru Gate (14th century)
Viru Gate (14th century)
Medieval tower, St. Olav's Church
Medieval tower, St. Olav's Church
Pikk Jalg Gate Tower
Pikk Jalg Gate Tower
Kiek-in-de-Kök (1475)
Kiek-in-de-Kök (1475)
City walls and towers
City walls and towers
View from the church
View from the church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
House of Blackheads
House of Blackheads
House of Blackheads
House of Blackheads
The Three Sisters (1362)
The Three Sisters (1362)
The Three Sisters (1362)
The Three Sisters (1362)
The Three Sisters, detail
The Three Sisters, detail
Anachronism
Anachronism
Soviet-era décor
Soviet-era décor
Nightclub by night, playground by day
Nightclub by night, playground by day
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Charming doors of Tallinn
Old Tallinn and new
Old Tallinn and new
Red roofs of Tallinn
Red roofs of Tallinn
Tallinn and the Baltic Sea
Tallinn and the Baltic Sea
Tallinn, Niguliste Church
Tallinn, Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church, Estonian folk art
Niguliste Church, Estonian folk art
Niguliste Church
Niguliste Church
Flower box
Flower box
Car ferry
Car ferry
Estonian Parliament
Estonian Parliament
Great Guild Hall (1410)
Great Guild Hall (1410)
Great Guild Hall (1410)
Great Guild Hall (1410)
Town Hall, 1627
Town Hall, 1627
A most interesting facade
A most interesting facade
Another medieval building
Another medieval building
Colorful pair on Town Hall Square
Colorful pair on Town Hall Square
Peppersack
Peppersack
Whimsical building
Whimsical building
Colorful renovation
Colorful renovation
Victorian era
Victorian era
Garden motif
Garden motif
Green Tallinn
Green Tallinn
The artists
The artists
The flower ladies
The flower ladies
The archer
The archer
The jester
The jester
The painter
The painter
The street vendor
The street vendor
The flower sellers
The flower sellers
St. Olav's Church
St. Olav's Church
St. Olav's Church
St. Olav's Church
Holy Spirit Church
Holy Spirit Church
Holy Spirit Church, public clock
Holy Spirit Church, public clock
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord
Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin (1240)
Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin (1240)
St. Mary's, sun clock
St. Mary's, sun clock
Colorful streets of Tallinn
Colorful streets of Tallinn
Historic streets of Tallinn
Historic streets of Tallinn
Busy streets of Tallinn
Busy streets of Tallinn
Quiet streets of Tallinn
Quiet streets of Tallinn
Stone house
Stone house
Suur-Kloostri Gate
Suur-Kloostri Gate
Suur-Klooster from the walls
Suur-Klooster from the walls
War of Independence Victory Column
War of Independence Victory Column
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Whimsical signs of Tallinn
Classic motif
Classic motif
Medieval motif
Medieval motif
Egyptian motif
Egyptian motif
The elusive copper roof
The elusive copper roof
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
The many faces of Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Sunset on Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (10:32 p.m.)
Sunset on Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (10:32 p.m.)
Sundown in Tallinn
Sundown in Tallinn
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