St. Olav’s Church tower

The gothic steeple of this church, which was completed in the early 16th century, once made the church one of the tallest buildings in the world (soaring to 159 metres, according to certain sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details and interpretation of the measurements, and some even think that the steeple has never been higher than 115-125 metres. Nevertheless, the church has always been a grand structure, and its 124-metre tower is considered one of the symbols of Tallinn.

In summer visitors can climb a winding staircase to the tower's viewing platform to enjoy the views of the city.

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*There are 232 steps up to the viewing platform

The gothic steeple of this church, which was completed in the early 16th century, once made the church one of the tallest buildings in the world (soaring to 159 metres, according to certain sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details an

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  • A major trip highlight!

    Our experience of the nearly 800-year-old St. Olav's Church came in two parts. First, we attended Sunday worship there. While, for most, the church is simply a tourist attraction, it has a resident...

  • Climb up the tower!

    Very nice Lutheran Church. Interior is very simple but beautiful! Double headed eagles adorn the chandeliers. The Gothic aches are highlighted with large windows. The Altar is understated with a...

  • Amazing views, but spiral staircase is narrow & more than 250 steps

    That's it in a nutshell really. Absolutely fine if you're relatively fit and okay with heights. And fully worth the effort.


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