Viru Gate

The barbican of Viru Gate was part of the defence system of 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.

The barbican of Viru Gate was part of the defence system of 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

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  • Lined with Flower Shops Outside the Gates.

    The Viru Gates separate Tallinn Old Town from the new town. Outside the gates is a long line of flower shops, quite a scene to behold. It is very romantic to visit Viru Gates at night with all the...

  • Wonderful entry to the town

    I really like this area of the city. Gates are very charming. Flower market next to it, open I think 24h, is additional benefit of the place. I like that one side of gates is modern town, the other...

  • do take a picture of the fairy tale gate

    This is part of the old town and so beautiful, it actually represents fairy tale pictures. Always busy. Take enough time to enjoy and stroll at leisure around this part of town.


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