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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  • Worth a quick visit, but not really set up for tourists

    Quite an interesting old church, but unless you're a fan of Old Estonian Churches, there's really not a lot to see or to say. There's a memorial plaque to the men of the Royal Navy who died in the...

  • what a nice church that is

    The inside is fill with treasure i never saw that many armoiry before and that church is a must to visit

  • Great View Point

    We enjoyed Tallinn. It is medieval, well maintained and well geared to the tourist. Lots of winding cobblestone streets, a couple of good churches perched on the highest points, and the usual...


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