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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 1464 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

"Impressive to visit, great views from the tower"

4.5

October 11, 2018, by Mark D

250 or so steps to the viewing platform on the tower of Oleviste church are well worth the effort. They are a bit uneven and its fairly tight, but people can still pass each other on the way up or... Read more

"The View!"

4.5

October 9, 2018, by Petsku83

The church itself is nice too but what really blew my mind was the church tower. You can climb through a tight spiral staircase up to 60 metres from which there is awesome view to the city. Toompea... Read more

"Great view - worth the climb!"

4.5

October 8, 2018, by Line Norlyk P

A great view from the top of the church tower. Absolutely worth the climb and the 2 euro charge. Beautiful view of the old town - and rest of Tallinn Read more

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