Tallinn Town Hall

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Town Hall, located in the main square, is the only surviving Gothic town hall in Northern Europe. The first recorded mention of the Town Hall dates from 1322. Its present form dates from 1402-1404, when the building was rebuilt. The spire was destroyed in an aerial bombing on March 9, 1944. It was rebuilt in 1950. The Town Hall is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with the Tallinn's Old Town.

The building has two main storeys and an almost full-sized cellar. The main façade is supported by an open arcade with eight piers and topped by a crenellated parapet. High gables and a pitched roof make the building elegant, but the slender octagonal projecting tower with a gallery for bells gives it particular finesse. The tower is crowned by a late Renaissance spire comprising three cupolas and open galleries.

Today the Town Hall is a representative building of Tallinn City Government, concert hall and museum. The entire building is open to the public in July and August, when less official receptions are held. In other times, visits must be agreed with the Town Hall in advance (except the cellar exhibition).

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Founded: 1322
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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Mirko Vujadinović (2 months ago)
Beautiful old town. Full of history. I was there in May 2012.
Vlad Melnyk (3 months ago)
Has medieval vibe to it. Architecture held up pretty well and looks gorgeous. Lots of cafes and pubs nearby. During Christmas holds a picturesque fair. Worth a visit
Iqbal Ahmad Chowdhury (6 months ago)
Tallinn old Town is one of the oldest cities I have visited. There are hundreds of years old architecture and museums here. I loved seeing this city so much that I stayed here for five months. Many tourists flock here, especially during the summer. This country in Northern Europe is very cold during the winter.
Peeter Mägi (6 months ago)
Atmospheric place A square square framed by lovely and beautiful historic buildings. On the one hand, it is limited, in fact, by the town hall itself, which is directly requested in a historical film. In different houses, mainly in cafes and shops. Fairs are held here, and for the New Year they put a big Christmas tree. The street system of the old city is almost impossible.
michael evans (6 months ago)
The old town is very nice and well preserved and easy enough to walk around, stopped off for a day on a cruise but what a difference from when I was last here nearly 20 years ago! Stayed then for 4 nights, no cruise ships and not many western tourists but everything changes but it is still well worth a visit.
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