St Olaf's Church in Tallinn

St Olaf's Church in Tallinn, the city's biggest medieval structure, took its name from the sainted Norwegian king Olav II Haraldsson. The church was first mentioned in 1267. It became one of the main churches in the Lower Town and formed its own congregation, which at first mostly comprised Scandinavian merchants and craftsmen and few Estonians.

The evangelical preachings of the then chaplain of the church, Zacharias Hasse, led to the start of the reformation in Tallinn in 1523.

Did you know...?
*Lightning is known to have struck the tower of the church around ten times, three of which led to extensive fires – in 1625, 1820 and 1931

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  • Tarmo V Tarmo V
    The best view of Tallinn

    For 2 euros you can climb to the tower of the Oleviste church which was the tallest building in the world on 16th century. It's a physical challenge to climb if you not fit, but the view is worth it

  • Ella G Ella G
    Great view!

    Definately worth climbing there - I would say that you can get better view on Tallinn than from Teletorn and that's really cheap too- 2 eur But I would not recommend to climb there with small...

  • Instacruising Instacruising
    The best view of Old Town

    The entrance to the tower cost €2 per person, which is great. Another great things about this place is of course the view! Absolutely amazing! Because it's an old building (12th century) obviously...

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