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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  • Old Church in Old Tallinn

    This is a MUST walk by location but the church is one of the oldest in Estonia. Not highly recommended.

  • Lovely old church, minimal decoration, worth a visit

    Nice old church, dark inside and with minimal internal decoration, which I think adds to the atmosphere. There's the option (at small extra cost) to go up the tower, but I wasn't quite up to that!

  • Take the stairs lolol

    Very old church. If you feel adventurous head up the stair to the top. These stairs are not just ordinary stairs, trust me. Made of stone, all different sizes and shapes and very steep . When you get...


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