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    St Catherine's Passage

    Easily the most picturesque of Old Town's lanes, this half-hidden walkway runs behind what used to be St. Catherine's Church. 

    It connects Vene street with the Müürivahe street where the town's famous knit market operates. 

    What makes the passage particularly interesting is that it's home to the St. Catherine's Guild, a collection of craft workshops where artists use traditional methods to create and sell glassware, hats, quilts, ceramics, jewellery, hand-painted silk and other wares. The workshops are housed in the small, 15th- to 17th-century rooms on the south side of the lane, and are set up in an open-studio fashion so visitors can watch the artists at work, be it glass-blowing, weaving or pottery making.

    As absorbing as these displays can be, St. Catherine's passage is more about ambience than anything else. No other place in Tallinn combines creativity with a medieval atmosphere quite like it.


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    • The Old City

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      October 19, 2020 By Thomas V

      This was part of our walking tour of the city and we were happy to include it as it's a charming area full of old history.

    • Charming medieval passageway

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      June 23, 2020 By Mark_Dornoch

      Photogenic passage way in the Old Town off Vene Street. Medieval gravestones on one side. A collection of art studios and shops on the other side with some lovely glassware in particularly as well... Read more comments

    • Small Historical Lane

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      May 23, 2020 By niksk001

      Passage is a traditional historical midevel street. It may not be an attraction per se, but rather part of the Old City, which is nice to include in your walking tour.