The Old Town of Tallinn


My first Estonian postcard comes from Janne. This was my longest wait for an European postcard – a month. Even Russian mail arrives in 2-3 weeks. But it was totally worth the wait – this is one of my prettiest postcards! 😀

It pictures the Viru Gates which are part of the Old Town of Tallinn. Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league, this enclosed neighbourhood of colourful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches is, quite rightly, the city’s biggest tourist draw. And the fact that it’s all neatly packaged within a mostly-intact city wall and dotted with guard towers gives it an extra dose of fairytale charm. Tallinn Old Town is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.


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