Monday, June 2, 2014

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia, is the third stop on our trip. Tallinn, the capital of the Republic of Estonia, is a small but beautiful medieval city on the Eastern shore of the Baltic Sea. The city was first inhabited about the end of the 10th century when the Estonian tribes built in the vicinity of the port. The port was an advantageous location on the East-West trading route.  Tallinn turned into one of the largest and most powerful trading towns of Northern Europe because of the trading routes of the other Western European towns.

Tallinn was built with local limestone, resulting in a heavy and Gothic style, as seen above. Toompea is an area of the town located on a limestone elevation 20-30 meters above the rest of the town. This area belonged to representatives of the nobility since the 13th century and was set apart from the downtown by a protective wall.

The photo above shows the protective wall surrounding Toompea.

The downtown area of Tallinn is located between Toompea and the seaport. Shown above and below are locals enjoying a concert in the Republic Square.