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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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  • Feel Medieval

    Like many towns, Tallinn was foritifed but few of the Gates remain standing. The second you pass the Viru Gate you are in the middle of medieval Tallinn - walk around and breath in this amazingly...

  • Worth a look

    Gates lead you into the pretty old town centre where there are some lovely shops and restaurants. Just before you get to the gates there is the flower market which looks very pretty.

  • Oh those colourful flowers

    This is a true colour and nature therapy while walking along to the street to the Viru Gates. So many beautiful and colourful flowers highlighting your path. Just so amazing... stop and take all the...


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