The Last Vestiges of Vanalinn

The strikingly beautiful Viru värav, or the Viru Gate, dating back to the 14th century, ushers visitors into Tallinn’s historic old town

Vickey Maverick.
Teatime History

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Viru Gate as viewed from the inside of Tallinn Old Town [All the photographs are owned by the author. Not to be used without permission]

It’s tempting — the idea of looking for a booking in one of the many accommodation alternatives available in Tallinn’s historic old town. After careful deliberation, I shunned it and opted for Rotermanni Kvartal (Rotermanni Quarter) downtown. The decision meant I could access the old town at my convenience without exactly being in the midst of the commotion.

The choice of accommodation led to an initial interest in, and eventual exploration, of what this narrative is all about. Okay, let me attempt to come up with a more elaborate explanation. You tend to notice every intricate detail when you use the same route on multiple days. In my case, it was no different.

Anyone who has visited Tallinn will be aware that while the old town may be compact, it takes considerable time to explore because it packs in a lot. Tallinna Vanalinn, or Tallinn Old Town, is the oldest part of the Estonian capital, dating back to the 13th century. In fact, Vanalinn is Estonian for Old Town, and it is undoubtedly among the handful of old town quarters in Europe that have been preserved well.

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Vickey Maverick.
Teatime History

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