St. Olav’s Church tower and observation 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 some 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 observation platform to enjoy views of the city.

The church and observation platform are closed in winter.

There are 232 steps leading up to the observation 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 some sources). Historians disagree, however, on the details and i

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  • Not a lot to see inside

    If you don't climb the tower to see views of the city, there's no point of entering, as the church is very plain from the inside.

  • Great building and nice sunday service

    A Beautifull and quite massive building. The inside is nice. It goes with a wonderful history of the spiritual revival in soviet days. Ask your guide to tell you about it if you have one. The best...

  • Unexpected View

    The Church is one of the oldest buildings in Tallinn (it was built back in the XII century, before the Danish invasion). It is seen from almost any place in the Old Cirty. We did not plan to go...


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