Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds

Completed in 1960, Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepmann and Uno Tölpus. Their design took into account the nature of the land they were to be built on: audiences would be seated on the slope of the hill, so the song arch would need to echo sound to them. A copy of the song stage was later erected in Vilnius.

The Song Festival Grounds are a popular venue for events. It is best known as the place where every 5 years the Song Festival is held, in which nearly 25,000 singers take part, attracting an audience of nearly 100,000. Anyone interested can climb to the top of the tower, which is 42 metres high and from which you can see all the way out over the city and bay. And if you have binoculars with you that are powerful enough, you should be able to see far out into the Gulf of Finland!

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  • catsforkids catsforkids
    Significant history and event today

    Amazing to visit the site where the Singing Revolution occurred between 1987 and 1991 that led to the independence of Estonia. There is statue of Gustav Ernesaks, whose song became the unofficial...

  • naana2016 naana2016

    Liked the festival. Huge amount of good people around and very positive atmosphere. Had a super great time!!! recon

  • PhilipCJ PhilipCJ

    The Festival Grounds are touted by many of the local tour operators as a "must-see" whilst in Tallinn. If there is nothing on the go, they aren't really. A large, grassed slope (well cared for...

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