Saint Olav's Church Tallinn Reviews
An in-spired destination Jun 21, 2016
Climbing St. Olav’s steeple proved a splendid introduction to Old Town Tallinn. The cathedral is enormous, the spire is jaw-dropping and the unsurpassed height a local landmark. The church remains active, continuing to host Baptist services despite Lutheran beginnings. There is no charge to scope things at ground level, but of course the “high”-light is ascending the mighty steeple, which only sets you back a modest 2€.
To dispel any quarrels over its majestic heights, let me share an interesting tidbit around this towering spire. During Estonia’s fairly recent history as part of the Soviet Union, the KGB installed jamming devices here to interfere with TV reception from Finland! Do not want the locals learning what is going on in the outside world.
But history aside, let us climb upstairs and enjoy the view. There is a bit of a hike and the stairwell of 270 steps or so is narrow and twisty (though not nearly as nasty as others I’ve endured). Accommodating folks proceeding in the opposite direction made for tight squeezes.
Once you reach the top, however, you are honestly in heaven! If looking straight down does not convince you, the lovely panorama of Old Town Tallinn afforded by the 360-walkway will. This permits splendid views in every direction, and I was enthralled by the delightful sights. You may scan sections of the fortifying wall with its many turrets; pretty gardens randomly embedded here and there; all of the magnificent ancient buildings, and; gaze out upon the majestic Baltic Sea as well. It does not get much better than this.
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