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Tallinn, Estonia

Two nights in Tallinn in August 2008.

Tallinn dates back to medieval times and was first recorded on a world map in 1154. In 1219, the city was conquered by Valdemar II of Denmark, but it was sold to the Hanseatic League in 1285. The city, known as Reval at the time, prospered as a trading town in the 14th century when much of Tallinn's historic centre was built.

Tallinn passed to Sweden in 1561 and then to Russia in 1710. By World War I Tallinn's population had reached 150,000.

Estonia was annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940, only to be conquered by Nazi Germany (1941-44) and then retaken by the Soviets. The city was extensively bombed during World War II. Estonia declared independence in 1991 and Tallinn became its capital once again.

Today Tallinn has a population of 400,000. Tallinn is a mix of architectures - old Europe (the city walls and rustic buildings), Soviet brutalist (crumbling apartment blocks), and modern Europe (including McDonald's next to the city walls!).
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Toompea Castle
Toompea Castle
Outside Toompea Castle
Outside Toompea Castle
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Town Wall & Towers
Town Wall & Towers
Niguliste Museum
Niguliste Museum
t3%2f35%2f713935%2f4%2f102753971.3OWsJkeI.jpg Kiek In De Kök - Peep Into The Kitchen
Kiek In De Kök - Peep Into The Kitchen
t3%2f35%2f713935%2f4%2f102753972.2u2jzK7J.jpg Bride & Groom in Town Hall Square
Bride & Groom in Town Hall Square
Town Hall Dragon. Or might be a snake...
Town Hall Dragon. Or might be a snake...
Town Hall
Town Hall
Town Hall Square Panoramic
Town Hall Square Panoramic
Raeapteek - Town Hall Pharmacy
Raeapteek - Town Hall Pharmacy
t3%2f35%2f713935%2f4%2f102753977.WU80ngKb.jpg Fat Margaret's Tower
Fat Margaret's Tower
Fat Margaret's Tower & St Olav's Spire
Fat Margaret's Tower & St Olav's Spire
Three Sisters
Three Sisters
Shop Window Mice
Shop Window Mice
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Holy Spirit Church
Holy Spirit Church
t3%2f35%2f713935%2f4%2f102753985.7DCjj4xT.jpg Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
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Town Hall
Town Hall
Toompea Viewing Platform Panoramic
Toompea Viewing Platform Panoramic
t3%2f35%2f713935%2f4%2f102753988.lb0tmI9W.jpg Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg Palace
Kadriorg Palace Ceiling
Kadriorg Palace Ceiling
Town Hall
Town Hall
Kiek In De Kök
Kiek In De Kök
Niguliste Museum
Niguliste Museum
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Niguliste Spire & Kiek In De Kök
Niguliste Spire & Kiek In De Kök
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral