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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  • Essential Hanseatic Tallinn

    Oleviste kirik/St. Olaf's cathedral was the second highest building in medieval Europe for many years. You can climb up to the tower and see Tallinn old town like a postcard. The climb is long and...

  • It's sadly quite spartan inside but well worth a visit

    It was war damaged and has been rebuilt in a more spartan Lutheran style but still very interesting. If you are fit climb the tower but it is still worth visiting

  • Good tower view

    Bit of a climb for the good view from this tower but well worth - inside of the church is VERY bare - 3 Euro for the tower.


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