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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  • What a view!

    The church itself is simple and free to go in, but in my opinion is nothing compared to the top. Buy a ticket for 3 euro (cash only) to go up 258 steps for a stunning round view of the city! Tip: we...

  • Amazing but nerve-wracking view!

    Great views of Tallinn from the top of the tower but the climb is a tough one. The steps can be very deep in some places and the stone is worn smooth so I worried I would slip. At the top, there is...

  • Highest tower

    Wonderful view from the tower. Be aware that there are more than 258 steps of a spiral staircase to go to the top and it is a bit narrow


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