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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 1559 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 3.00€
Child ticket 1.00€
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 from July 15, 2019. 

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 3.00€
Child ticket 1.00€
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

"Closed For Renovation"

4.5

September 17, 2019, by KPfeff

Not sure what the other recent reviewers are commenting on - I stayed at the Three Sisters Hotel immediately next door to the church last week and they told me the church is closed for renovation. If... Read more

"Interior is classic, old and well preserved."

4.5

August 29, 2019, by packcal

Interior is classic, old and well preserved. Nominal €1.50fee per person. Well worth a 20 minute stop. Read more

"Interesting church"

4.5

August 26, 2019, by Doros P

St Olafs church was considered to be one of the tallest buildings once built. There is a viewing spot on the top where you can see the city. Do visit this one. Read more

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