Speak slowly: Tallinn

Speak slowly: Tallinn
 In Tallinn port splashing waves, the fresh breeze blowing, the air smells of sea salt, sea gulls fly. All this relaxing, distracting from the problems of urban bustle and other troubles in life.
 Tallinn - a city which has kept the charm of the Middle Ages and gloomy at the same time, according to S.Dovlatov, "a small, intimate," the world has its own special charm. Lives in the city of about 400,000 people. Of these, almost half of Estonians, Russian is about 40 percent.

In Tallinn preserved historic layout, which has developed to the XV century, and therein lies its uniqueness. Among the main attractions of the city - Town Hall Square. Town Hall guard a little faded greenish and occasionally menacing dragons with golden crowns. The town has a lot of other architectural monuments of former centuries, preserved its medieval appearance.

Remained intact and many houses, warehouses, barns, once belonging to eminent citizens. Due to the abundance of historic buildings Old Tallinn in 1997 was included in the list of World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

This medieval fortress perched on top of Visegrad - Toompea. City Wall XIII-XVI centuries., Fortified with powerful towers, has long been a reliable fortification.

The tallest tower of the old town - Kick in de Kok ("Look to the kitchen"). On the top floor Kiek de Kok is now an observation deck and a cozy café. A symbol of independence of Estonia - blue-black-white tricolor - flying over the tower called "Tall Hermann". Its height is 45 meters.

And in the prison tower Neytsitorn the XIV century. kept unruly girls who did not want to marry the selected groom's parents. This, by the way, crammed and girls of easy virtue. Nearby - another tower, which is associated with many stories about the ghost haunting the poor prisoners.

The Duomo - Tumkirik - the oldest building on the site of this huge fortress. It was built at the beginning of the XIII century. It was in this church is buried Ivan Krusenstern, the first Russian navigator, travel around the world. After all, once Tallinn was called Reval and was part of the Russian Empire. On these pages the history of the Estonian capital, in particular, are reminiscent of the dome and the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which can be seen from almost anywhere. The church was consecrated in 1900

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