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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  • Nice

    Viru gates create an entrance to the old town. They are beautiful and picturesque but Tallinn has so much more beautiful to offer that I didn't find them too interesting and didn't spend too much...

  • Lovely entrance to old Tallinn, Interesting Market area along the City Wall near Viru Gate

    The gate area with it's two towers is something out of a fairy tale. Just inside the gates along the city wall, is an interesting outdoor market that has local handcrafts for sale.

  • One of the Old Town entry’s

    Walking around town on a very wet day we took shelter near the gates. Colourful spot with all the flowers and on the other side lots of little stalls set up selling all sorts of goods. Makes one...


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