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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  • Beautiful church

    We went here whilst on a cruise. Really interesting church, lots of history, on a small hill. Lots of people come here so gets very busy, but worth a visit. Walked around the area steeped in history...

  • Great views and lots of steps

    Originally the tallest building in the (known) world at the time, this church is full of history as you might expect. You can take in the Lutheran history but you can also climb to the top. Several...

  • THE View

    As a local who's lived abroad and travelled extensively, this is the one place in Tallinn that I visit at least once a year. Having spent half of my life in Old Town, as that's where I used to go to...


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