Tallinn, capital of the Estonia, according to archaeologists who have stood them in the ninth century on its current site, entered the 1248 joined the Hanseatic League, one of the most powerful business organizations in the Middle Ages, becoming at the beginning of the fifteenth century port and commercial hub of primary importance among the cities of the Eastern League. Date from that period most of the buildings with high pitched roofs of the old town, four large Gothic churches and the town hall. The curved streets, the courtyards of the houses and the high walls of limestone, preserved for 2/3 of the original length with 26 towers, made the city a destination for romantic excursions at the end of the nineteenth century.
Proclaimed by UNESCO World Heritage Site, its medieval Old Town is one of the best preserved in Europe. Worthy of admiration are the defensive walls that embrace the Old City with its 26 turrets for about 2 km, the Dominican monastery dating back to 1246, the Gothic Town Hall with a history of 600 years, the oldest pharmacy in the world still open to the public on the Town Hall Square and the ancient churches. Sant’Olaf to who between the XV and XVI. represented with its spire 159 meters the tallest building in the world. Both from the stronghold of Toompea, as from viewpoints of Sant Olaf church and tower of Town Hall you can enjoy a breathtaking view. Toompea Castle, built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Now houses the parliament of this Baltic republic and on top of the tower of the castle “Pikk Hermann” waving the national tricolor.
But today the charm of the old city lies not only in a unique architectural heritage, but in the fact that the historic heart of the city is still today the center of the daily activities of its inhabitants: parents who walk in the afternoon with their children, young people sitting in the cafes, swarms of visitors in a dark suit in front of theaters. Tallinn is a city on a lively and active man. The medieval center is not a museum abandoned;
is rather a living, breathing heart of the bustling port on one side, the charm of the towering skyscrapers of the city on the other.
Its a city that invites you to stroll through the ancient winding streets and refreshment in the numerous cafes, browse in the boutiques and art galleries, and why not, to go shopping. It’s worth visiting the open air museum of Rocca al Mare which illustrates the lifestyle of fishermen in the past centuries, the square of the song festival, the palace and park of Kadriorg, Pirita Monastery, the romantic residential Nomme conceived of in the 30s, surrounded by a dense pine forest, the typical houses of wood and Kalamaja Lillekula.
Originally posted 2012-08-17 05:40:45.