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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  • Tinde_K Tinde_K

    Lovely church

    I didn't climb the tower as a mass was taking place at the time of my visit, still a beautiful church from both inside and outside and not to be missed.

  • DJ_World_Traveller DJ_World_Traveller

    Beautiful old church!

    We actually visited in 2014 off of a cruise ship and walked over to the old town. Make the climb up to the top of the tower, the views are worth it and the tiny stairway is comical.

  • Monica579 Monica579

    Go in and go up!

    Pretty church with a cool but long climb up the tower. The old, winding steps are right out of a medieval movie. When you get to the top there is a perfect panoramic view of the sea and old and new...

Features and amenities


Lai tänav, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

Getting there


  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car


59°26'29''N 24°44'52''E | Download GPX file