Tallinn Song Festival Grounds

Tallinn, Estonia

The Tallinn Song Stage (Lauluväljak) was built in 1959 for the Estonian Song Festival. The stage was meant to hold over 15,000 singers but it’s also possible to use it the other way – the performance will take place in front of the stage and audience is sitting on the stage.

The stage was the main places of the Estonian revolution and new independence in 1988-1991. Estonians gathered there to sing patriotic hymns in what became known as the Singing Revolution that led to the overthrow of Soviet rule.

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 1959
Category:
Historical period: Soviet Occupation (Estonia)

Rating

4.7/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Kai-Kristel Ehala (2 months ago)
It is a beautiful place. In winter you can do winter activities with sled, snowboard, skies and etc. In summer you can enjoy concerts, walks and other festivals.
Daniel DeNinno (3 months ago)
Seeing the Laulupidau here in 2019 was absolutely amazing. I can see why people from around the world gather to participate and view this great event. Even though there were more people around than I've ever seen in one place, it wasn't that difficult to move around. Plus, the sloped seating makes it so it's not difficult to see or hear. Smoked cheese braids were delicious :)
Sam Tambago (4 months ago)
Spacious venue for concerts and sports events!
Zimm ZX (7 months ago)
The Tallinn Song Festival Grounds are a sight in itself. Having hosted events since 1928, it's quite old for a festival ground. It's proximity to the Kadriorg park allows is of course a plus. However there really isn't much to do here if there isn't a festival being held. You can freely explore the festival grounds and climb a tower for some nice views, but that's pretty much it. If you're in the area, sure, you can visit. However you shouldn't come this far just for the festival grounds.
Ruxellan (12 months ago)
Tallinn song festival ground, where every five years the country's biggest festival take place. Peoples wear #traditional dress, they come here to watch the festival. lots of artist performed this biggest event. The location is in a very nice place, and the inside of the ground is also awesome because it's like a stadium without chair. I've visited in 2019. It was a great experience.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba

The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba, also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba and the Mezquita is regarded as one of the most accomplished monuments of Moorish architecture.

According to a traditional account, a small Visigoth church, the Catholic Basilica of Saint Vincent of Lérins, originally stood on the site. In 784 Abd al-Rahman I ordered construction of the Great Mosque, which was considerably expanded by later Muslim rulers. The mosque underwent numerous subsequent changes: Abd al-Rahman II ordered a new minaret, while in 961 Al-Hakam II enlarged the building and enriched the Mihrab. The last of such reforms was carried out by Almanzor in 987. It was connected to the Caliph"s palace by a raised walkway, mosques within the palaces being the tradition for previous Islamic rulers – as well as Christian Kings who built their palaces adjacent to churches. The Mezquita reached its current dimensions in 987 with the completion of the outer naves and courtyard.

In 1236, Córdoba was conquered by King Ferdinand III of Castile, and the centre of the mosque was converted into a Catholic cathedral. Alfonso X oversaw the construction of the Villaviciosa Chapel and the Royal Chapel within the mosque. The kings who followed added further Christian features, such as King Henry II rebuilding the chapel in the 14th century. The minaret of the mosque was also converted to the bell tower of the cathedral. It was adorned with Santiago de Compostela"s captured cathedral bells. Following a windstorm in 1589, the former minaret was further reinforced by encasing it within a new structure.

The most significant alteration was the building of a Renaissance cathedral nave in the middle of the expansive structure. The insertion was constructed by permission of Charles V, king of Castile and Aragon. Artisans and architects continued to add to the existing structure until the late 18th century.

Architecture

The building"s floor plan is seen to be parallel to some of the earliest mosques built from the very beginning of Islam. It had a rectangular prayer hall with aisles arranged perpendicular to the qibla, the direction towards which Muslims pray. The prayer hall was large and flat, with timber ceilings held up by arches of horseshoe-like appearance.

In planning the mosque, the architects incorporated a number of Roman columns with choice capitals. Some of the columns were already in the Gothic structure; others were sent from various regions of Iberia as presents from the governors of provinces. Ivory, jasper, porphyry, gold, silver, copper, and brass were used in the decorations. Marvellous mosaics and azulejos were designed. Later, the immense temple embodied all the styles of Morisco architecture into one composition.

The building is most notable for its arcaded hypostyle hall, with 856 columns of jasper, onyx, marble, granite and porphyry. These were made from pieces of the Roman temple that had occupied the site previously, as well as other Roman buildings, such as the Mérida amphitheatre. The double arches were an innovation, permitting higher ceilings than would otherwise be possible with relatively low columns. The double arches consist of a lower horseshoe arch and an upper semi-circular arch.