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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  • It depends...

    I dont usually suffer a fear of height but this tower was really problematic. This tower gives a fabulous view over the city and the high Old Town in particular. However: 1. It is really busy and...

  • be careful about steps

    maybe the highest roof on that size of church. comparing with catholic or orthodox churches it looks empty, but that is the value of this religion... view from the top of the tower is superb. 258...

  • Amazing view!

    Church was easy to find from old town. Church itself is pretty nice from the inside, free entry. You are able to climb to high tower with a small cost of 2 or 3 euros. The stairs are small and heavy...


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