St. Olaf’s Church, Tallinn

4.5
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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  • I'll definitely climb the tower of St. Olaf's Church before I go! I was enthusiastic, but unfortunately it is under renovation now. I can't go inside.
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  • I passed this church of St. Olaf twice. It is said that there is access to the view of Tallinn City.  more »
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  • A must see in Tallinn. It's a simple building anchored by its towering spire which would've made folks in the 13th century look up in awe. It's not a thin spire but a substantial bell tower with heft to it. Love the primarily white walls which focuses the worshipper towards the altar. The church's floor is wooden and creaks as you walk through it which adds a nice feel to it. Free to enter.
  • Beautiful church. It was such a shame that the church was closed for renovations/construction. I would have loved to go up the tower and see the sights.
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