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Photo: Kadi-Liis Koppel

Viru Gate

This pair of picturesque, ivy-covered towers at the entrance to Viru Street is often the first glimpse visitors get of Old Town. 

Anyone passing between them couldn't be blamed for thinking they've left the 21st century behind and landed smack in the middle of the 18th.

The towers are actually only the foregates of what was a much more complex gate system built in the 14th century. It included a large, square tower that stood father back along the street, close to where the city wall can be seen.

Most of the gate was pulled down in the 1880s to make room for traffic, but these two towers remained and have since become a symbol of the town.



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  • magical at night

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    August 25, 2020 By I9317NIbilld

    A wonderful area to wander around, with a very interesting market selling the most beautifully displayed flowers. We were there in the evening and the lights made it a most magical place to be... Read more comments

  • Lovely entrance to the City

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    June 22, 2020 By Mark_Dornoch

    Not Gates as such today , rather a couple of well preserved medieval towers adjoining the main wall. An impressive entrance to the city today and even more so when they were built originally. They... Read more comments

  • Main City Gate

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    May 23, 2020 By niksk001

    Viru Gates, the main historical gate of the city, is one of the place that help to get a complete picture of the Tallinn Old City. Try to visit it at night, if possible.