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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 1587 reviews

Location (map)

Lai tn 50, Tallinn

Old Town

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Distance from:

Airport

4.5km

Harbour

2.5km

Train station

0.75km

Bus station

1.30km

Open/ Available

15.07.2019-04.2020 Closed

Fees

Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

oleviste@oleviste.ee

+372 641 2241

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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Semi-accessible
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
6cm
High treshold
  • threshold hight over 2,5 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
1
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
17cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol

Oleviste kirik ja torn (St. Olav’s Church and Tower)

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Make the vigorous climb to the top of Tallinn's iconic, Gothic church, once the tallest building in the world. NB! Closed for renovations until 31st of March, 2020. 

Once upon a time, from 1549 to 1625 to be precise, this Gothic church was the tallest building in the World. But it’s gigantic, 159-metre spire, meant as a signpost for approaching ships, also turned out to be a very effective lightning rod. Throughout the church's history lightning hit the spire repeatedly, completely burning down the structure three times.

Nowadays its smaller, 124-metre spire still dwarfs most of Tallinn’s buildings and remains an important symbol of the town. From April to October, visitors can make the vigorous climb to the top of the stone portion of the tower for magnificent and dizzying views of Old Town, Toompea hill and the port area.

The church itself dates back to at least 1267 when it is thought to have served a group of Scandinavian merchants who settled in the area. Various legends insist the church got its name from either the giant or the mysterious stranger who built it, however it was in fact dedicated to King Olaf II of Norway.

Its current shape and size were set in the 16th century. Inside are high, vaulted naves and a historicist interior design that dates to the time it was rebuilt after a fire in 1830.

Services on Sundays at 10am and 12pm.

Entrance to the church is free.
Entrance to the tower is free with Tallinn Card.

Location (map)

Lai tn 50, Tallinn

Old Town

More

Distance from:

Airport

4.5km

Harbour

2.5km

Train station

0.75km

Bus station

1.30km

Open/ Available

15.07.2019-04.2020 Closed

Fees

Ticket 5.00€
Child ticket 3.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

oleviste@oleviste.ee

+372 641 2241

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Semi-accessible
  • doors width less than 70 cm
  • threshold or step hight more than 4 cm
  • gradient of ramp over 10%
6cm
High treshold
  • threshold hight over 2,5 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
1
Steps
  • number of steps above the symbol
17cm
Low step
  • one step outside the entrance door
  • height under 13 cm
  • height in cm above the symbol
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Look up!"

4.5

February 29, 2020, by tobyl325

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... Read more

"Great view!"

4.5

February 1, 2020, by dannekoma

Located a good bit up the hill. You get a great view over Tallinn here and there is tours arranged. Must visit! Read more

"Amazing views"

4.5

January 19, 2020, by _bonniewittig

We did a Baltic Cruise in 2019 We knew nothing about this church prior to arriving in Tallinn When we saw this church and the opportunity to climb the tower I had to do it It was an interesting... Read more

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