St Olaf Church Tallinn was once the tallest building in the world. Now a huge part of Estonia’s history, here’s all the info for visiting.
St Olaf Church is located on the town centre of Tallinn.
If you’re staying in the city, almost everything is within walking distance.
If you’re not up for walking there is public transport operating around the city such as buses, trolleys and trams.
You can purchase a Tallinn card in order to have unlimited transport as well discounts on city attractions during your stay. Or, you can buy a single-ride paper ticket from the driver in cash – exact change only.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Entrance – Free
Tower Observation Platform – €3 Adults, €1 Children
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St Olaf Church Tallinn Opening Times
Daily: 10am – 6pm.
The church is only open from 1st April – 31st October.
The church and observation platform are closed in winter.
Once upon a time, this very gothic Church was the tallest building in the world. To be precise, between the dates of 1549 and 1625.
It was named after the Norwegian king Olav II Haraldsson, and it’s 159-metre spire was a clear landmark for approaching ships back in the day. Although after being hit by lightning, it was shortened.
In fact, it’s said to have been struck by lightning around ten times. Three of which led to extensive fires – in 1625, 1820 and 1931!
Historians disagree, however, on the details and interpretation of the measurements, and some even think that the steeple has never been higher than 115–125 metres. Nevertheless, the church has always been a grand structure. Considered one of the medieval symbols of Tallinn.
In summer, visitors can climb a winding staircase to the tower’s observation platform to enjoy views of the city. There are a total of 232 steps leading up to the observation platform!
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