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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.5

based on 1329 reviews

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.

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

"Ancient church with viewing platform "

4.5

May 24, 2018, by dswatts69

Ancient church in the heart of Tallinns breathtaking Old Town. Reputedly the tallest building in the world in the 16th century. One can pay €3 to climb the 232 steps to the observation deck beneath... Read more

"Essential Hanseatic Tallinn"

4.5

May 19, 2018, by antilsa

Oleviste kirik/St. Olafs cathedral was the second highest building in medieval Europe for many years. You can climb up to the tower and see Tallinn old town like a postcard. The climb is long and... Read more

"Its sadly quite spartan inside but well worth a visit"

4.5

April 28, 2018, by SaraBruxelles

It was war damaged and has been rebuilt in a more spartan Lutheran style but still very interesting. If you are fit climb the tower but it is still worth visiting Read more

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