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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Stanislav Kovaljov (2 months ago)
Love walking in old town Tallinn. Always great atmosphere and lots of amazing places to see. If you are hungry - there are many different restaurants at the square,my personal favorite is Troyka.
Siddiqui Mr. aRf (3 months ago)
Medieval old town hall. Gothic style building. Big and open. Nice place to spend time. Very happening. Several restaurants representing Italian, Indian and Baltic. Several souvenir shops. You can find Baltic Amber jewellery shops both expensive and cheap depending on the grade of the Amber.
Beer Kwantes (3 months ago)
TIP: CLIMB THE TOWER! The thin medieval tower is open to visitors. Tickets are only 2-4€ and it's definitely worth it: climbing up the small and steep ancient stairs, it brings you back hundreds of years ago. Nice view too. Note: not for people who've bad knees or other physical disabilities, also not for people who're afraid of heights (!)
johnnie zhu (3 months ago)
Tallinn is one city that I felt leisurely and carefreely when I went for a stroll in the city streets and I would like to pay a visit again if I have the luck. But, the Russia invasion war, does it affect its living in Tallinn? The Estonian capital Tallinn is the birthplace of Skype. Estonia is located in northeastern Europe and became an independent country in 1991. Estonia also has some of the best and most comfortable air in the world. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is known as a lung-cleaning mecca. Among the three Baltic states, Tallinn in Estonia is the most visited city because it is very close to Helsinki in Finland, you can get there and back in the same day, and it is cheap and beautiful, full of medieval atmosphere. Tallinn Town Hall is the only Gothic town hall in Northern Europe. Built between 1371 and 1404, it is also the oldest town hall in the whole Baltic States and Scandinavia. The Historic City of Tallinn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been described as one of Europe's most medieval cities to be preserved. Therefore, when visiting Helsinki, spend a day in Tallinn and soak in the atmosphere of medieval European cities and it's nice to have a meal of Eastern European food, visit the shops in the old streets and buy some of Tallinn's unique products. In 1990, the people at the famous Song Bowl theater were singing the national anthem and the folk songs, and shouting in the streets” I am Estonian, I want to be free”, so a peaceful but a resolute and determined fight, forced the Soviet tanks and guns unable to use, finally, Estonian independence was restored, so is also known as Estonia's independence movement to be “The Singing Revolution”.
Paula Parker (3 months ago)
Wonderful, walled medival city. A must to visit. Our ship, the Queen Victoria set sail from there at 10.30 at night. We were sitting out on deck chatting to other people in sunlight and warmth . An amazing experience.
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