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Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square)

Photo by: Kirsti Eerik

Photo by: Ave Rand

Photo by: Kirsti Eerik

Vabaduse väljak (Freedom Square)

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4.0

based on 74 reviews

This open area at the edge of Old Town is a place of national symbolism and civic pride, as well as a favourite gathering spot.

From the last days of the Tsars and through Estonia's first period of independence, Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) was a place of parades and fanfare, but fell into neglect during the Soviet and post-Soviet period. In 2009, after extensive renovation, it was restored to its former glory.

Now it's a sophisticated place to relax, filled with benches and cafés, and faced by two art galleries. Most of all this is one of best places to see evidence of the city's 1930s-era building boom, with art-deco and functionalist buildings flanking two sides of the square. The large pillar with the cross that dominates the west side of the square is one of its new features. This is the Monument to the War of Independence, commemorating Estonia's hard-fought struggle in 1918 – 1920 to free itself of foreign rule.

To get a glimpse of the square's older history, all you have to do is look down. A glass panel in the street on the northwest corner of the square reveals the foundation and stairs of the Harju Gate tower, which stood here in medieval times.

Check out a short video about Vabaduse väljak.

Visit Vabaduse väljak virtually at Tallinn's 3D application, downloadable here: 3d.tallinn.ee.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"A place of national symbolism and civic pride"

4.0

January 25, 2018, by Markus A. W

When walking in Tallinn you will sooner or later come upon this square at the edge of the Old Town. Its most prominent feature is the Vabaduse Monument commemorating the vabadussoda (war of... Read more

"Important square"

4.0

January 14, 2018, by Mikael F

The Freedom Square is the main square of Tallinn, where the military parades and various concerts take place. The square has had several names during history. For example it was Victory Square during... Read more

"Very impressive"

4.0

November 25, 2017, by CATTSAR

This is one of the most impressive freedom squares I have seen. In addition to the sweeping square there is St. Johns Church on one side and the Vabaduse Monument behind. However the most spectacular... Read more

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