Tallinn tourism: what to visit, attractions capital Estonia
What to see in Tallinn, attractions and places to visit in the capital of Estonia, a city situated on the Baltic Sea in front of Finland Gulf.
Tallinn, which is one of the most important travel destinations in Estonia, is located about 80 km south of Helsinki. The two cities are connected by sea from daily ferry services. Estonia, along with Lithuania and Latvia, is one of the three Baltic republics that were part of the former Soviet Union.
Estonia Tallinn, the capital and main port as well as being a center rich in productive activities, is also a city full of charm from the point of view of tourism, thanks to its historic center, a precious example of medieval northern European trading city, listed as World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Old town of Tallinn is formed from the upper town, on the hill of Toompea, always the place of residence of the authorities, now houses government buildings, and the lower town surrounded by medieval walls.
Places to visit in Tallinn
The heart of the lower town is the beautiful town hall square, overlooked by the Town Hall, in late Gothic style, and the interesting building of the Town Hall Pharmacy, one of the oldest European pharmacies, still working.
In lower part of Tallinn are also the Church of St. Catherine, the fourteenth century, located in the Museum-Dominican Monastery (the oldest monastery in Tallinn), the Church of the Holy Spirit, of the fourteenth century, the Church of St. Olav, the thirteenth century, and in the same period the Church of St. Nicholas, which, thanks to its excellent acoustics hosts many concerts.
In 1670 below the old city were built tunnels that were used to hide soldiers and ammunition, and to spy on enemies, now a part of them can be visited. In the upper town the most important buildings are the Toompea Castle, overlooking the city and today is home to the Estonian Parliament, the Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral, built in 1897 in honor of the Tsar and the Lutheran Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin.
Do not miss a visit to the Kadriorg Palace, located outside the historic center. The Baroque palace was built in the eighteenth century as a summer residence of “Peter the Great”, the work was entrusted to the Italian architect Niccolo Michetti. In the suburb of Pirita, near Kadriorg, are the evocative ruins of Pirita Convent.