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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    I have decided to go up the tower of Oleviste Church. It is 3 EUR admission and 258 steps... But i loved the view from above !!!

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    We climbed the tower on a lovely day to take in the view and it was worth it for the stunning vista of Tallinn and beyond. The spiral stairs are steep, narrow and uneven in places and you will...

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    The free-to-visit church is a vast, plain, Lutheran place of worship that is worth a step inside to experience such a high-ceilinged space. The real draw, however, is the tower for which there is a...


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