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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  • Beautiful church

    We went here whilst on a cruise. Really interesting church, lots of history, on a small hill. Lots of people come here so gets very busy, but worth a visit. Walked around the area steeped in history...

  • Great views and lots of steps

    Originally the tallest building in the (known) world at the time, this church is full of history as you might expect. You can take in the Lutheran history but you can also climb to the top. Several...

  • THE View

    As a local who's lived abroad and travelled extensively, this is the one place in Tallinn that I visit at least once a year. Having spent half of my life in Old Town, as that's where I used to go to...


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