"Defence Towers" City Walls - Towers Tip by frockland

City Walls - Towers, Tallinn: 32 reviews and 93 photos

  Viru Gates
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  • Great Coastal Gate - Tallinn
      Great Coastal Gate
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  • Kiek in de Kök & Maiden Tower - Tallinn
      Kiek in de Kök & Maiden Tower
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  • Fat Margaret's Tower & Great Coastal Gate - Tallinn
      Fat Margaret's Tower & Great Coastal Gate
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The two picturesque towers of Viru Gates are all what remains of a much larger 14th-century gate system. The original towers were built during 1345 -1355. Nowadays Viru Gate is on one of the main tourist trails into Old Town.

During the 16th century Kiek in de Kök was the most powerful cannon tower in Northern Europe. the name means ?Look into the Kitchen?. The heights of 38 metres offered the guards a look into the kitchens of neighbouring buildings. During the centuries the tower was destroyed and rebuilt for several times. Today it restored in its appearance of the 17th century. Inside is a permanent exhibition about the development of Tallinn and the most important military events from the 13th to the 18th centuries.

The Great Coastal Gate (Suur Rannavärav) and Fat Margaret's Tower (Paks Margareeta) were built to defend Tallinn towards the seaside and to impress everybody approaching the city from that side. The name Fat Margaret's Tower was given to the building because it was the strongest one amongst all of the towers. It was used as a gun tower and also as a storehouse for powder and weapons. Today the Estonian Maritime Museum with an exhibition about Estonia´s fishing and maritime history is located here.

The Maiden Tower (Neitsitorn) was used in the Middle Ages as a prison for prostitutes. It was built in the second half of the 14th century, together with the city wall and had suffered under attacks many times through its history, and has been rebuilt several times...

Address: Around Tallinn historical centre

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  • Updated Jul 2, 2006
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