Source: Paul Kuimet
Toompea Castle was erected on the foundations of the crumbling eastern wing of the fortress built on this site in the 13th and 14th centuries. The castle with its late Baroque façade was built between 1767 and 1773.
The history of Toompea is the story of the rulers and conquerors of Estonia, each of whom moulded and reinforced the place to their own needs and according to their own taste. Today the castle is home to the Riigikogu (the Estonian parliament). The blue, black and white of the national flag can be seen flying on top of the 45.6-metre Tall Hermann tower as the symbol of Estonia's independence.
Free excursions of the castle for single visitors, as well as groups take place every day from Monday to Friday if booked ahead of time. Sessions of parliament can be watched from the public gallery.
There is a great view from the outside of the parliament buildings in a variety of directions, and the buildings occupy the same square as the adjacent church
The castle on the top of Toompea Hill, currently houses the Parliament of Estonia. Interesting Baroque architecture.
Our guidebook called this attraction the Parliament Buildings. Catherine the Great had the old castle remade in a pink Russian Baroque style by adding a concrete veneer to the stonework. Some...