Standing imposingly over Tallinn's old town, St. Olaf’s Church represents both the cultural epicenter of the city's Scandinavian population and the tallest medieval structure in the area. Solidly built during the 12th century and modified several times since, the church dwarfs many of the buildings around it with its 124 m (407 ft) tall tower and spire. Enter the structure and you'll find that although it lacks much of the ornate artwork found in Catholic and Orthodox churches, it still possesses vaulted ceilings, a large organ, and a decorative altar. You can make your way to the tower's observation deck, where you'll be rewarded with a sweeping view of both sections of the city, modern Tallinn's skyscrapers, and the Gulf of Finland. Check the church's website for information on worship and service times; it has an active congregation. Add St. Olaf’s Church to your Tallinn travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tallinn road trip tool.
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St. Olaf’s Church Reviews
The Church is one of the oldest buildings in Tallinn (it was built back in the XII century, before the Danish invasion). It is seen from almost any place in the Old Cirty. We did not plan to go... more »
One of the previous title holders of tallest building on earth.. this church is incredibly striking to see and is worth a visit, even if you are only able to view from the outside. There were plenty.... more »
This place was awesome. The only downfall for this place is the fact that the KGB was the big attraction and you simply see a room where they used to work. The views from the top are magnificent though. We went in summer and loved it. I imagine winter would be unbearable.
Unfortunately they were renovating the tower during my visit which is sad, but you can go there to have an awesome view over whole Tallinn for free if I am correct. Totally recommend, I heard it's worth to climb those stairs. Maybe next time I am gonna be able to do that as well.
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