"Once the highest building in the world" Oleviste-St.Olav's Tip by nomadig

Oleviste-St.Olav's, Tallinn: 40 reviews and 102 photos

  Oleviste church
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      Oleviste church
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  • View from the Oleviste church tower - Tallinn
      View from the Oleviste church tower
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Olaviste church in Tallinn old town has been the highest building in the whole world until end of 19th century. The first mention of this medieval church dates back to 1267, and the tower reached height of 159 meters on 16th century.

The current tower is not that high anymore, but it still is formidable sight in Tallinn cityscape. The church is open to public, and you can also climb to the tower (there is no elevator) with a nominal fee. As the church is several hundreds years old, do not expect an easy climbing. The staircase is very narrow and dimly lit, there is no handrail -- just a rope -- and the steps are steep. If you have any doubts about your condition or you have heart related health problems, do not go there. Also claustrophobic people should stay out.

When you have managed to climb the staircase, the views from the tower are magnificent to all directions. The viewing platform is about 60 meters from the street level, well above all other buildings in the old town.

Address: Lai 50
Directions: Walk north along Lai or Pikk streets towards the great white tower over the Lower Town.
Phone: +372 645 7900
Website: http://www.oleviste.ee

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 5, 2006
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