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Pictures from Tallinn Old Town, in Estonia: Toompea Castle, St. Catherine Passage, and Freedom Square. 

Toompea Castle in Tallinn
Toompea Castle in Tallinn Old Town, Estonia.                                                                                       © Toomas Volmer

This is an aerial view of the Toompea Castle (in latin, Castrum Danorum) situated on the eponymous hill in the central part of Tallinn. The hill is probably one of the first inhabited place in the area. In 1219, the castle was taken over by Danish crusaders and takes its name from this event. The much-rebuilt Toompea Castle houses currently the Parliament of Estonia (the Riigikogu). 


Tallinn is the Capital and the main city of Estonia. The building of the Government of Estonia as well as various embassies are also located on on Toompea Hill in upper TallinnToompea has several platforms which offer good views of the city.


Toompea Castle (in Estonian, Toompea loss) is part of the historic centre of Tallinn, which is a world heritage site (Unesco).

St. Catherine's Passage in Tallinn
St. Catherine's Passage (summer) in Tallinn Old Town, Estonia.                                                        © Toomas Volmer

St. Catherine's Passage (in Estonian, “Katariina käik”) is a narrow and picturesque walkway that connects Vene street and Müürivahe street in downtown Tallinn. It hosts various artists and craftsmen in a Medieval atmosphere. St. Catherine's Passage is a classical tourist attraction in Tallinn.

Freedom Square in Tallinn
Freedom Square in Tallinn Old Town, Estonia.                                                                                        © Ave Rand       

Freedom Square (“Vabaduse väljak”) is situated in the southern end of Tallinn Old Town. On the right-hand side of the picture, you find St. John's Church and, on the left-hand side, the 23 meter high Victory Column - a memorial to the War of Independence (1918–1920) -, the construction of which was completed in 2009 


Freedom square is also a place to relax, filled with benches and cafés and bounded by two art galleries and an underground shopping center.Saiakaik_Street

Saiakaik, the smallest Street in Tallinn
Saiakaik (in winter), the smallest Street in Tallinn, Estonia.                                                  

Above pictures by courtesy of Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau and Tallinn 2011. 


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