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Oleviste kirik ja torn (St. Olav’s Church and the Tower) in Tallinn, Estonia
Photo by: Kadi-Liis Koppel
Oleviste kirik ja torn (St. Olav’s Church and the Tower) in Tallinn, Estonia

    Oleviste kirik ja torn (St. Olav’s Church and the Tower)

    Make the vigorous climb to the top of Tallinn's iconic, Gothic church, once the tallest building in the world. 

    Once upon a time, from 1549 to 1625 to be precise, this Gothic church was the tallest building in the World. But it’s gigantic, 159-metre spire, meant as a signpost for approaching ships, also turned out to be a very effective lightning rod. Throughout the church's history lightning hit the spire repeatedly, completely burning down the structure three times.

    Nowadays its smaller, 124-metre spire still dwarfs most of Tallinn’s buildings and remains an important symbol of the town. From April to October, visitors can make the vigorous climb to the top of the stone portion of the tower for magnificent and dizzying views of Old Town, Toompea hill and the port area.

    The church itself dates back to at least 1267 when it is thought to have served a group of Scandinavian merchants who settled in the area. Various legends insist the church got its name from either the giant or the mysterious stranger who built it, however it was in fact dedicated to King Olaf II of Norway.

    Its current shape and size were set in the 16th century. Inside are high, vaulted naves and a historicist interior design that dates to the time it was rebuilt after a fire in 1830.

    Services on Sundays at 10am and 12pm.

    Entrance to the church is free.
    Entrance to the tower is free with Tallinn Card.
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    • Unexpected View

      tripadvisor rating 5 of 5
      May 23, 2020 By niksk001

      The Church is one of the oldest buildings in Tallinn (it was built back in the XII century, before the Danish invasion). It is seen from almost any place in the Old Cirty. We did not plan to go... Read more comments

    • Look up!

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      February 29, 2020 By tobyl325

      One of the previous title holders of tallest building on earth.. this church is incredibly striking to see and is worth a visit, even if you are only able to view from the outside. There were plenty... Read more comments

    • Great view!

      tripadvisor rating 4 of 5
      February 1, 2020 By dannekoma

      Located a good bit up the hill. You get a great view over Tallinn here and there is tours arranged. Must visit!