Viru Gate

Viru Gate

Viru tänav, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

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The barbican of Viru Gate was part of the defence system of the Tallinn city wall built in the 14th century.

A couple of centuries later, it already had 8 gates that consisted of several towers and curtain walls connecting them. The main tower of a gate was always square and the barbicans were equipped with one or two small round towers.

As the entrances to the Old Town were widened, several gates were demolished. The Viru Gate had to pay its dues to a horse-drawn tram route that connected the Old Market with Kadriorg.

However, the corner towers were preserved. Also, you can still see a part of the bastion that is called Musumägi. Viru Street with its many shops and restaurants has become one of the busiest pedestrian streets in the Old Town.

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  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • On foot only
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laczkozsu

laczkozsu

Towers, flowers and market

These gates were built in 14th century and today they are in very good conditions. We walked there through the flower-market. It was very nice with colourful flowers. Next to the gates there are lots...

William S

William S

Exhilarating to walk through history as a knight might have

At the end of a lengthy walk down historic cobblestone streets, you pass through the Viru Gates, which once was the guarded entrance to the city. You can imagine huge gates and sentries guarding the...

Dave48838

Dave48838

Photogenic

You can't miss these gates to the city. Bring your camera as pictures are a must. The flower market is adjacent so it feels like a little paradise.

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