Tallinn's Top 10
Collected by Marc Perrotta, AFAR Contributor
Lossi plats 1a, 10137 Tallinn, Estonia
Situated on Toompea Hill in central Tallinn, the Toompea Castle has served both as a defensive stronghold and governmental building since the 9th century. The walls were built in the 13th century while later, when the city was part of the Russian...
Raekoja plats 1, 10114 Tallinn, Estonia
Located on a busy square, Tallinn's Town Hall dates back to the 13th century and is the only fully intact Gothic town hall in Northern Europe. Its current appearance can be credited to an early 15th-century reconstruction and subsequent...
10133 Tallinn, Estonia
One of the most recognizable icons in Tallinn, Pikk Hermann (Hermann Tower) was built in the 14th century as part of the Toompea Castle. Visible from almost anywhere in Old Town, it's the tallest tower of the remaining original fortifications. It...
Niguliste 3, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia
Begun in the mid-13th century, St. Nicholas Church has survived centuries of renovations, iconoclastic attacks, bombings, fires and restorations. Its current appearance dates from the 15th century, with alterations to the tower done in the 17th...
Valge 1, 10127 Tallinn, Estonia
Completed in 2006, the headquarters of the Art Museum of Estonia, KUMU, was the result of an international architecture competition, and its design is a reflection of the museum’s forward-looking agenda and beliefs. The extensive permanent...
Viru väljak 4, 10111 Tallinn, Estonia
The Viru Hotel was built in 1972 with a secret floor to house a KGB spying operation. Less than 20 years later, the Soviet Union was dismantled and the offices vacated. Spy equipment and Soviet-era paraphernalia are on display in the exact state...
Suur-Karja 10, 10140 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn’s historic city center is known for its authenticity and well-preserved medieval architecture. With cobblestone streets winding past centuries-old churches, barns, warehouses and grand merchant houses, it's no wonder that it was designated...
Pühavaimu 2, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
This Lutheran church is adjacent to the Old Town Square and is one of the Old Town's most famous landmarks. Dating to the 14th century, the church has an austere, whitewashed exterior with stepped gables and an octagonal tower and surprisingly...
Lossi plats 10, 10130 Tallinn, Estonia
Crowning the hill of Toompea, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is one Tallinn’s grandest Orthodox cathedrals. The domed church was completed in 1900 in the Russian Revival style but almost faced demolition later when it was considered a symbol of...
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