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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  • Christina F Christina F

    great stop

    The story behind "Fat Margaret Tower" is interesting. The tower contains a Maritime Museum that is pretty interesting, and climb to the top for city views

  • Drjaba Drjaba

    A really beautiful fat tower

    This XIV century tower guarded the gate of the city to the harbor in Medieval times. In the outer part there is a beautiful park area (Park Margareta) and a memorial "Broken Line" to 852 people of...

  • Sonya S Sonya S

    Amazing to see!

    Loved all the old architecture and learning the stories behind them! Fat Margaret was built to impress and I think she definitely does that. I walked around Old Tallin for an entire day just taking...

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