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Tallinn. If You Don't Have A Plan, You Can Just Wander Around The City

Nefer • 6 minutes read • October 19th, 2016
What do you know about 


? Red tiled roofs, Gothic churches, bridges and the "Old Thomas" weathercock on the 

Town Hall

? Usually I study a city map and mark interesting places in advance, but not this time. I didn't have a plan, so I wandering around the city. Maybe, this was even better?
Here's a monument to Eduard Vilde. He was an Estonian writer, who lived between 1865 and 1933. To be honest, I know nothing about him.
Nearby, there was 

St. Nicholas' Church

built in the 13th century, also known as Niguliste kirik. I entered it and found a museum. The Lutheran church was founded by German merchants and consecrated in honor of the patron saint of sailors. It is known for good acoustics; organ concerts are held in its hall.
I saw ladybugs in St. Petersburg, and in Tallinn we saw these stone birds. 
This is Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) and the Cross of Liberty. This refers to the Liberation War of 1918-1920. The monument was in the form of the Estonian Order. The Cross is illuminated in the evenings.
Harjumägi is translated from Estonian as Harju Gate Hill. It was a former Ingeri Bastion. There was a gate on this side.
In front of it was St. John's Church. If I'm not mistaken, it's also a Lutheran church. Numbers on the stands showed the order of the psalms said during the service.
At the top, there was a 20th century August Square with a fountain. It's dedicated to the events of 1991, when the Supreme Council of the Republic of Estonia voted for the country's independence. On the left in the distance, you can see towers of Charles Church (Kaarli kirik). But we did not go there. We went along Pärnu maantee or Pärnu Road.
Wow, I came across some unexpected architecture. I looked at the map, this is Tallinn English College.
In front of the National Opera, there was this monument to victims of the Revolution of 1905. The rebels were shot right here. The sculpture was installed in 1989, even though the Estonian Wikipedia shows the year 1959.
On the square called Karjavärava plats, you can see this Chimney Sweep Statue. The bronze figure appeared here in 2010, and has become one of the symbols of the city.
Here's a restaurant with such a cute name :)
Here's the intersection of epochs. Previously, there were six city gates, but almost all of them are destroyed. Only towers have remained from Viru Gates. If you pass between them, you can see the Hill of Kisses, complete with sculptures from that era.  
Here's a market with souvenirs and Estonian goods.
Here's an animal near the Goodwin restaurant. It's a chain of steak houses.
Here's St. Nicholas' Church, aka Niguliste kirik. It's the Orthodox one. It was built between 1822 and 1827. In general, Tallinn has many churches. Some of them are noticeable because they have high towers, others hide quietly on small streets.
Here are some more details. For example, this original door. This is the House of the Blackheads. It refers to the Brotherhood of Blackheads - the union of foreign merchants and ship-owners that existed from the middle of the 14th century until 1940. It used to be a military organization and the Commercial Association at the same time. Above the door, there's the brotherhood's coat of arms - St. Maurice's head.
Here's Pikk tanav (Long Street) - one of the longest streets in Old Tallinn. Although the rain was light, there was no one around.  
This is a famous building in the Art Nouveau style. It was built in 1910. It houses Draakoni Galerii; figures in the form of Egyptian statues. Such a confusing mixture.
Tallinn intensively exploits the Middle Ages theme. Mummers walked on streets, inviting everyone to visit the restaurant. I had already been in the tavern called III Draakon (III DRAAKON. If You Are In Tallinn, You Should Go Right There), and here's another one - Olde Hansa. Next time I'll come here.
I liked Tallinn. Though the sky was gloomy throughout the day and my walk turned out to be rather chaotic, my impressions were positive. I would like to come here one more time, maybe in the winter, to see the other side of Tallinn and explore the city more systematically.
Author: Nefer
Source: neferjournal.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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