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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  • Great view from top of the tour

    The highlight of this church is the ability to climb up the stairs of its 124 meter tower to gain access to some really awesome views of the old city below. The narrow and winding staircase adds to...

  • 237 to the tower view platform.. and not the best one !

    Well you have to do this as your 1st attraction of the day, the reason is the 237 spiral narrow medieval stairs ! it's very exhausting and many quit in the middle of the way, to tell the truth after...

  • Beautiful views

    One of my favorite places in Tallinn, the Oleviste is located in the end of quaint Pikk and Lai streets with beautiful houses. It is a really high church and I highly recommend climbing to the top...


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