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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 1419 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

01.04-30.06; 01.09-31.10 Mon-Sun 10-18
01.07-31.08 Mon-Sun 10-20

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

Restricted accessibility
  • 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

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.

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

01.04-30.06; 01.09-31.10 Mon-Sun 10-18
01.07-31.08 Mon-Sun 10-20

Fees

Ticket 3.00€
Child ticket 1.00€
Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

oleviste@oleviste.ee

+372 641 2241

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Restricted accessibility
  • 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

"Beautiful view, but STEEP STAIRS!!!"

4.5

August 15, 2018, by Haway87

We came here to see the church which inside has nothing special, and we tried to get up on the tower. The view from the tower is really nice especially on the old citt, and you can’t have a nicer... Read more

"Great 360-degree view of the city"

4.5

August 14, 2018, by Stephanie T

The church is free to go in but you need to pay €3 for climbing up the tower, which is 60m high. It was pretty tiring to climb up the 270+ steps in the spiral staircase but we were rewarded the... Read more

"Great church"

4.5

August 13, 2018, by scvrose

This is the first church as you enter old town. The steeple is very tall, hard to get in a picture. Love the old wood doors for the entry. Read more

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