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Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret's Tower

Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret's Tower were built to protect the city from the seaside, but also to impress quests arriving by sea. The Great Coastal Gate (built at the same time with the city wall) is located in the northern part of the Old Town of Tallinn near the port. In the 16th century, during the reconstruction of the gate, the Fat Margaret's artillery tower was built nearby.

Today, the Fat Margaret houses Estonian Maritime Museum. The Museum exhibits a remarkable collection of ship models from different eras. The viewing platform on the roof of the tower offers a view over the Old Town and the Bay of Tallinn. In the summer, the only rooftop café in the Tallinn Old Town is open there.

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  • Robert C Robert C
    Look at the Review of the Estonian Maritime Museum

    Fat Margaret is the building; impressive as a bastion and one of the landmark entrances to Tallinn Old Town. But, from the outside, it only gets a rating of 2/5. There is a nice gate with crest...

  • petri2016 petri2016
    Fat Margaret - more to see than you expect ouside

    Fat Margaret belongs to Estonian Maritime Museum and is located in the old town of Tallinn. I read from the newspaper at my hometown (in Finland) that there is an exhibition from Viking era. So we...

  • jfarlam jfarlam
    More Than a Defense Tower

    This defense tower was built in the 16th century as part of the walled city defenses. It faces the water and was anticipated to be right on the path that invaders from the water would travel. Part...

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