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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.

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*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

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

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  • went there twice, imposant church, opening in winter "very limited"

    you wonder why a world wonder of a church like St Olafs is not regularly open during winter times. No sign, no information, so we went twice to miss out on its open door. Sorry, Tallinn, but you...

  • Highest building in the world

    Yes, but in 16 cent, this Church with its tall copper spire was the highest in the world and a landmark for oncoming sailors. It's in the north part of the Old town, easily accessible. The interior...

  • Closed

    I have read the views of other travellers and based on these made my way to the Church. It was closed and a notice clearly indicates that during "Wintry Period" (Winter Period) - November - April the...


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