Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds

Completed in 1960, Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepmann and Uno Tölpus. Their design took into account the nature of the land they were to be built on: audiences would be seated on the slope of the hill, so the song arch would need to echo sound to them. A copy of the song stage was later erected in Vilnius.

The Song Festival Grounds are a popular venue for events. It is best known as the place where every 5 years the Song Festival is held, in which nearly 25,000 singers take part, attracting an audience of nearly 100,000. Anyone interested can climb to the top of the tower, which is 42 metres high and from which you can see all the way out over the city and bay. And if you have binoculars with you that are powerful enough, you should be able to see far out into the Gulf of Finland!

Completed in 1960, Tallinn'sSongFestivalGrounds were the first modern post-war construction to be built in the city. Unique in Europe, they were designed by Alar Kotli, Henno Sepm

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  • Open space and auditorium

    Important site for Latvia's recent history that led to the current government system. This is a vast open area that holds the singing festival every 5 years to commemorate the grassroot movement...

  • traveling back to yesteryear!

    I have seen this place a million times in various TV documentaries, since I was a teenager. Nothing could prepare me to visit this vast field, which once changed the history of Estonia. We were...

  • wow the singers who have been here

    well our tour guide gave us an amazing history of the list of singers who have sung here - and the years in between and what it means to them to come here every 5 years. they said the kids are going...


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