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Tallinn Centre and Town Hall - October 2010

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Walk in All-linn, the Lower Town of medieval Tallinn.

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In 1903, when the Patkuli stairs were built near the northern end of the hill, Toompea got a new access from the direction of the main railway station of Tallinn. Toompea (from German: Domberg, "Cathedral Hill") is a limestone hill in the central part of the city of Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The hill is an oblong tableland, which measures about 400 by 250 meters, has an area of 7 hectares and is about 20-30 meters higher than the [...]
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The Tower of Kuldjala is one of the 26 (former 40) towers of the city wall that remain today.
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This door is part of the Tallinn Lower Town city wall.
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The Tower of Nun and the Tower of Sauna are two of the 26 (former 40) towers of the city wall that remain today. These are part of Lower Town city wall.
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The Tower of Sauna and the the Tower of Kuldjala are two of the 26 (former 40) towers of the city wall that remain today. Behind: the smaller Nunnadetagune torn, The Tower behind the Nuns.
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The Tower of Nun and the Tower of Sauna are two of the 26 (former 40) towers of the city wall that remain today.
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St. Olaf’s church or St. Olav's church (Estonian: Oleviste kirik) in Tallinn, Estonia, is believed to have been built in the 12th century and to have been the centre for old Tallinn's Scandinavian community prior to the conquest of Tallinn by Denmark in 1219. Its dedication relates to King Olaf II of Norway (a.k.a. Saint Olaf, 995-1030). The first known written records referring to the church date back to 1267, and it was extensively [...]
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The Tower of Löwenschede is one of the 26 of the former 40 towers of the city wall that remain today.
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The Tower behind the Nuns is one of the 26 (former 40) towers of the city wall that remain today.
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The Tower of Köismäe is one of the 26 (former 40) towers of the city wall that remain today.
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The Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church makes its home in a curious, little, Medieval building, complete with crooked façade and improbably tiny windows. Though the Ukrainian congregation has been active in Tallinn since the 17th century, the church is a newcomer to Old Town. The congregation acquired the building a few years back.
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A house in Lower Town. Built in 17th century.
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At Tolli 6 are located the official Tallinn City Archives.
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Corner Pikk / Tolli, Tallinn. The Pontiac Executive was produced from 1967 through 1970.
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It's easy to find older buildings while walking in the old town. Three of them are called the "Three Sisters", three old merchant's warehouses from the 18h century located in the north of the old town (now a hotel).
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The Great Coastal gate is part of the Tallinn Lower Town city wall. In the Middle Ages the sea shore reached this part of the city wall. On the right is the Paks Margareeta, The Fat Margaret, a solid canon tower (25 m diameter). On the left: Suure Rannavärava eesvärava külgtorn (tower).
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Decorated door with awning.
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Gothic door.
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At Pikk 45, Bonaparte bakery and restaurant.
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At Pikk 45, Bonaparte bakery and restaurant.
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Old house at Pikk 45.
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The Tallinn Brotherhood of Black Heads, established in 1399, leased the Pikk street building in 1517 and added a big festive hall to it in 1531-1532, the initial ornament paintings of which can still be seen in the windows. In 1579, the façade was renovated by the builder-stonecutter Arent Passer. In addition to the coat of arms of the brotherhood that bears the picture of St. Mauritius, the stone decor also represents the portraits of the landl [...]
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The House of Blackheads is the meeting house of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, the assembly of unmarried merchants in the Hanseatic cities of the Baltic. The brotherhood was only active in Old Livonia (Estonia and Latvia) and it was unique in Europe. After joining, the guild's career led the most successful merchants often in the City Council. The name is derived from the Holy Mauritius, always depicted as dark-skinned saint of the brotherho [...]
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The House of Blackheads is the meeting house of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, the assembly of unmarried merchants in the Hanseatic cities of the Baltic. The brotherhood was only active in Old Livonia (Estonia and Latvia) and it was unique in Europe. After joining, the guild's career led the most successful merchants often in the City Council. The name is derived from the Holy Mauritius, always depicted as dark-skinned saint of the brotherho [...]
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The Tallinn Brotherhood of Black Heads, established in 1399, leased the Pikk street building in 1517 and added a big festive hall to it in 1531-1532, the initial ornament paintings of which can still be seen in the windows. In 1579, the façade was renovated by the builder-stonecutter Arent Passer. In addition to the coat of arms of the brotherhood that bears the picture of St. Mauritius, the stone decor also represents the portraits of the landl [...]
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The Tallinn Brotherhood of Black Heads, established in 1399, leased the Pikk street building in 1517 and added a big festive hall to it in 1531-1532, the initial ornament paintings of which can still be seen in the windows. In 1579, the façade was renovated by the builder-stonecutter Arent Passer. In addition to the coat of arms of the brotherhood that bears the picture of St. Mauritius, the stone decor also represents the portraits of the landl [...]
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The story says that the husband was always checking were his wife went or came from.
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This buildings houses the Estonian history museum.
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This buildings houses the Estonian history museum.
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The marzipan figurines are produced at the historical location: the house of the Maiasmokk cafe, where the historical moulds are still used for making the handmade figurines. Stude’s tradition of making cakes is also continued by the Maiasmokk cafe, which is the oldest continuously operating cafe in Estonia. The rooms of the cafe also host Kalev’s marzipan museum.
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The marzipan figurines are produced at the historical location: the house of the Maiasmokk cafe, where the historical moulds are still used for making the handmade figurines. Stude’s tradition of making cakes is also continued by the Maiasmokk cafe, which is the oldest continuously operating cafe in Estonia. The rooms of the cafe also host Kalev’s marzipan museum.
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The marzipan figurines are produced at the historical location: the house of the Maiasmokk cafe, where the historical moulds are still used for making the handmade figurines. Stude’s tradition of making cakes is also continued by the Maiasmokk cafe, which is the oldest continuously operating cafe in Estonia. The rooms of the cafe also host Kalev’s marzipan museum.
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The marzipan figurines are produced at the historical location: the house of the Maiasmokk cafe, where the historical moulds are still used for making the handmade figurines. Stude’s tradition of making cakes is also continued by the Maiasmokk cafe, which is the oldest continuously operating cafe in Estonia. The rooms of the cafe also host Kalev’s marzipan museum.
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This chicken is made of almond paste! The marzipan figurines are produced at the historical location: the house of the Maiasmokk cafe, where the historical moulds are still used for making the handmade figurines. Stude’s tradition of making cakes is also continued by the Maiasmokk cafe, which is the oldest continuously operating cafe in Estonia. The rooms of the cafe also host Kalev’s marzipan museum.
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This almond paste model shows some views of Tallinn. The marzipan figurines are produced at the historical location: the house of the Maiasmokk cafe, where the historical moulds are still used for making the handmade figurines. Stude’s tradition of making cakes is also continued by the Maiasmokk cafe, which is the oldest continuously operating cafe in Estonia. The rooms of the cafe also host Kalev’s marzipan museum.
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The Church of Holy Spirit doesn't hold its wooden clock face on the slim tower but on the first floor on the Pühavaimu / Pikk street corner. The elaborate painted clock the façade is Tallinn's oldest public timepiece, dating to the late 17th century.
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The altar is executed by the famous Lübeck artist Bernt Notke (1483). The Holy Spirit Church is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century).
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"Der Herr behüte (gegegne) deinen Ausgang und Eingang von nun an bis(s) in Ewigkeit." (Psalm 121:8).
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The Tallinna Püha Vaimu kirik is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century). The balconies are painted in a beautiful way with scenes from the bible.
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The Tallinna Püha Vaimu kirik is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century). The balconies are painted in a beautiful way with scenes from the bible.
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The Holy Spirit Church is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century). The balconies are painted in a beautiful way with scenes from the bible.
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The Holy Spirit Church is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century).
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The Holy Spirit Church is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century). The balconies are painted in a beautiful way with scenes from the bible.
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The Tallinna Püha Vaimu kirik is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century). The balconies are painted in a beautiful way with scenes from the bible.
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Philipp Melanchthon (1497–1560), born Philipp Schwartzerdt, was a German reformer, collaborator with Martin Luther, the first systematic theologian of the Protestant Reformation, intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation, and an influential designer of educational systems.
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Cover of the one of the oldest pulpits in Estonia, dating to 1597. The Tallinna Püha Vaimu kirik is the oldest preserved church in Tallinn (14th-century).
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North-west corner of the central place of Tallinn in the Lower Town.
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The monastery from the 14th century was destroyed during the reformation.
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Behind: Hellemanni torn, The Tower of Hellemann.
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Katarina Käik holds a lot of handicraft shops.
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Katarina Käik holds a lot of handicraft shops.
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The monastery from the 14th century was destroyed during the reformation. Some walls remain, like this one covered with old tombstones.
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Horizontally extending, free-standing arch between the wall parts are referred to as the flying buttress (german: Schwibbogen , Czech Prampouch). These herfe are recent arches are used for support from opposite walls and buildings.
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This door from 15th century is part of the Tallinn Lower Town city wall.
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Fragile peace.
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Through Hellemanni torn one can ascend into the circuit over the town walls.
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Through Hellemanni torn one can ascend into the circuit over the town walls.
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Medieval Tallinn enjoyed a strategic position at the crossroads of trade between Western and Northern Europe and Russia. The city, with a population of 8000, was very well fortified with city walls and 66 defence towers.
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As seen from the south-eastern city wall.
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Portion of the south-eastern city wall.
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Portion of the south-eastern city wall.
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Behind: Stoltingi torn (Stolting's Tower).
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As seen from the south-eastern city wall. the light yellow building is the Õiguskantsler (Chancellor of Justice), the darker in the left the Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia (Estonian Academy of Sciences).
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As seen from the south-eastern city wall.
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As seen from the south-eastern city wall.
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