We visited the capital of Estonia during our Norway Express run. We came here for one day. We reached the port; the sky was overcast. Not a good reason to postpone our outing, right?
The port is located near the city center and from there it is just 15 minutes, by foot, to the Old Town. There was no need to ask, everything was clearly labeled, so it would have been difficult to go in the wrong direction. You just have to go toward the towers, which can be seen from afar. However, we had to digress as we came across a curious and even mysterious object. As we got closer, we began sharing ideas of what it could be . . .
It turned out to be a former concert hall. Officially Linnahall, formerly V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport. This cultural and sports complex was built for the Olympics in 1980, for the sailing regatta, a Soviet era legacy. Around 2008-2009, Linnahall was closed and now it is abandoned. And this is the first thing seen by tourists coming to
The massive structure blends with the coastline, with easy access to the sea. Near the water, there was a heli-pad. Despite the dull appearance, the concert hall attracts a lot of people. While we were walking over, we saw two photo shoots taking place. However, in my opinion, such scenery did not adorn the city.
Here is the Great Coastal Gate, constructed in 16th century. It's an outer gate with a watchtower. On the left, behind the shot, there's a tower called "Fat Margaret".
This is Long Street (Pikk tanav) - one of the longest streets of Old Tallinn. The total length is about 2460 feet (750 m). Scenes from the film "The Hound of the Baskervilles" were filmed on this street.
- you can see it in the title picture - has an observation deck with a spectacular view of the city from a height of 196 feet (60 meters). This attraction cost 2 Euros. However, wasn't easy to climb it. The passage is very narrow, some people go up, while others go down. We counted the steps, but I forgot how many there were. 232 or 258. Well, something to think about before taking on this feat.
Here are roofs of Old Tallinn. It's a classic view.
, The Church of the Holy Spirit, the tallest tower, in the middle, is St. Nicholas' Church, then you can see The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Dome Church. You can also see the "Pikk Hermann" tower or "Tall Hermann" between the cathedrals. On the bottom right, there's also the black dome of the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Well, we certainly had big plans that day! :)
Spire's height is 405 feet (123.7 meters). It used to be even taller.
You can see, here, Linnahall and the port with our ferry "Princess Anastasia". To the left, is the pipe of the former power station, now the building houses a cultural center. In the foreground, you can see "Fat Margaret's Tower", mentioned above.
Here are some of the vibrant colorful houses. This is Ilmarise kvartal. The roof with three towers belongs to a former prison, now it's a museum. I wish I could have gone there. Unfortunately, there was no time, but now I have a reason to go back to Tallinn again.
We made our way down. There were those two hundred odd steps again. From time to time, we had to stop and lean against the wall to make way for people going up. It was rather fun.
Here's the interior of St. Olaf’s Church. It also goes by the name, Oleviste kirik. The first mention of it dates back to the 13th century. In the 15th century, the building and the tower were rebuilt. The church suddenly became Baptist. Until 1944, it belonged to the Lutheran community.
We continued walking. Suddenly, we saw tulips in boots!
There was a festival called Ava lava, Tallinn! 2016 taking place in Town Hall Square.
It seems they prepared a lovely show for our visit :)
This is the market, where you can buy popular crafted items and other artwork.
On the right, behind the building, is the tower of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Further to the right, in the corner of Town Hall Square, in house number 11, is Europe's oldest operating pharmacy!