St Olaf's Church in Tallinn

Lai tänav 50, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

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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 of 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.

Did you know...?
*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 193.

Times and prices

Is open every day: 10:00 - 18:00

01.07–31.08

Is open every day: 10:00 - 20:00

Is open every day: 10:00 - 18:00

  • Free of charge

  • Free of charge

  • Free of charge

Features and amenities
  • Wheelchair access

Getting there
Access
  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car
Stops nearby
Tram: Linnahall
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richardmP1661JV

richardmP1661JV

Worth it for the views

The church inside is very much on the less is more spectrum. The real treat is the tower. Yes it is a long and exhausting climb but it is completely worth it. The views across Tallinn and out to the...

DrSoulpr

DrSoulpr

The most amazing experience... as always!!

I got in the church, bought some keychains to cooperate and a ticket to go up the tower (a must for the fit 😄). Then had the opportunity to hear the organ playing because the person was practicing...

Ahmed O

Ahmed O

Spectacular city views from the church's tower

View from the tower is spectacular. I am not that fit or sporty person but I took the 200 something steps to the observation platform in just 2 shoots with just one break for a couple of minutes...

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