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.

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*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

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

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  • Climb the tower

    The church itself is nothing special I guess, but the thing you must do is climb the tower. Not the easiest thing to do, but doable and worth it :) You will love the view from the top.

  • tower closed. so not much worth to see

    was the tallest building in europe at one time and offers the best views of old town but sadly if the tower is closed theres not much to do here. tower is closed during the winter months. which is...

  • The best view of Tallinn

    Not being a fan of churches the only reason I went there was for the view and I certainly wasn't disappointed. This is without doubt the best view of the city you can get. The TV tower is higher of...


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