Source: Toomas Volmer http://photos.visitestonia.com/
The barbican of Viru Gate was part of the defence system of Tallinn city wall built in the 14th century.
A couple of centuries later, it already had 8 gates that consisted of several towers and curtain walls connecting them. The main tower of a gate was always square and the barbicans were equipped with one or two small round towers.
As the entrances to the Old Town were widened, several gates were demolished. The Viru Gate had to pay its dues to a horse-drawn tram route that connected the Old Market with Kadriorg.
However, the corner towers were preserved; also, you can still see a part of the bastion that is called Musumägi. Viru Street with its many shops and restaurants has become one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the Old Town.
well worth the walk for the view and agin great for photo's looks very nice at xmas with the lights on
Most people stop and take the opportunity to photograph the red roofed watch towers before entering the UNESCO world heritage site within.
In medieval times there were huge thick wooden gates they could close when invaders came. Today it serves as a handy entrance to the old walled city. There is a large flower market here and once...