St. Olav’s Church tower

The gothic steeple of this church, which was completed in the early 16th century, once made the church one of the tallest buildings in the world (soaring to 159 metres, according to certain sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details and interpretation of the measurements, and some even think that the steeple has never been higher than 115-125 metres. Nevertheless, the church has always been a grand structure, and its 124-metre tower is considered one of the symbols of Tallinn.

In summer visitors can climb a winding staircase to the tower's viewing platform to enjoy the views of the city.

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*There are 232 steps up to the viewing platform

The gothic steeple of this church, which was completed in the early 16th century, once made the church one of the tallest buildings in the world (soaring to 159 metres, according to certain sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details an

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  • Great View

    Holy Cow! This climb to the top is tough but it's well worth it. The view of Tallinn is beautiful. Go early if you can because it gets crowded.

  • Elevated view of Tallinn.

    Oleviste Church is a great place to visit if you want to see Tallinn from above. It offers a 360 view of the city. I have to say that the only way up is a Stone Spiral Staircase, which can be...

  • Definitely climb to the top

    We came across this church on accident, as we saw people on the top of a tower balcony, and made out way in that direction. We paid to climb the stairs all the way to the top of the steeple, and boy...


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