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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  • Marta K Marta K

    The best view to the city

    We were told by the tourist guide it's a place that gives the best view to the city and that's absolutely true. Stunning! Not a place for people who are afraid of heights and narrow, twisted stairs...

  • WelshPhys WelshPhys

    Best view of the old town

    2euros to climb the tower. The stairs are long and windy but the view is worth it. Takes 30min or so I'd guess and I would put this in a must do if you have one day in Tallinn.

  • Drjaba Drjaba

    It worth a short visit

    This church is dedicated to St Olav the Norwegian saint and patron. The church itself is very austere and simple without many adorns as other churches in nearby countries. It has a tower that can be...

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