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St. Olaf’s Church, Tallinn

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Standing imposingly over Tallinn's old town, St. Olaf’s Church represents both the cultural epicenter of the city's Scandinavian population and the tallest medieval structure in the area. Solidly built during the 12th century and modified several times since, the church dwarfs many of the buildings around it with its 124 m (407 ft) tall tower and spire. Enter the structure and you'll find that although it lacks much of the ornate artwork found in Catholic and Orthodox churches, it still possesses vaulted ceilings, a large organ, and a decorative altar. You can make your way to the tower's observation deck, where you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of both sections of the city, modern Tallinn's skyscrapers, and the Gulf of Finland. Check the church's website for information on worship and service times; it has an active congregation. Add St. Olaf’s Church to your Tallinn travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tallinn road trip tool.
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  • If you don't climb the tower to see views of the city, there's no point of entering, as the church is very plain from the inside. 
    If you don't climb the tower to see views of the city, there's no point of entering, as the church is very plain from the inside.  more »
  • A Beautifull and quite massive building. The inside is nice. It goes with a wonderful history of the spiritual revival in soviet days. Ask your guide to tell you about it if you have one. The best... 
    A Beautifull and quite massive building. The inside is nice. It goes with a wonderful history of the spiritual revival in soviet days. Ask your guide to tell you about it if you have one. The best...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • The church is plain and simple on the inside but impressive due to it's height. To go inside it's for free, only to go up to the tower you have to pay, but definitely worth it. You have a beautiful 360° view from there, after you climbed ~260 steps. Highly recommended to go up to the top.
  • An architecturally noteworthy church whose main and strongly recommended attraction is the terrace up the steeple. The path is not exactly dangerous but it requires a healthy amount of care and attention but once on top the view is just great, stretching from the harbour to the old town and beyond.
  • If you carry a 10-15 kg backpack, it’s definitely not a good idea to climb 60 meters of stairs. But there’s a satisfaction at the end, the view is beautiful and it’s quiet. If you don’t like getting out of your comfort zone, don’t start the climb.
  • I came here for a concert, and the church was gorgeous. Beautiful art work, old rustic feel, and generally very cool to see.
  • Well worth the visit and a great view from the top of the tower. The climb up the stairs is a struggle and you may feel out of breath. It's possible to go round the top, but there are some very narrow pathways so be warned if you are on the chubby side...

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