Location: Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret Tower, Pikk tn 70, Tallinn
The Estonian Maritime Museum and History Institute of Tallinn University present never before seen rare items and latest new discoveries about the Vikings’ Age in Estonia. The exhibition at the Fat Margaret’s Defence Tower highlights the importance of Estonia as a part of the North-European and Arabic trade route. Research shows that back in those days locals were heavily involved in the trading, thanks to what today there are many invaluable archaeological finds.
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If you plan to discover Helsinki while staying in Tallinn, we suggest you to visit the following spots located in the city centre.
Sederholm House, the oldest stone building in the city centre dating back to 1757, presents ”Children’s Town”, inviting visitors to discover the history of Helsinki through the experiences of children.
Helsinki’s iconic habourfront market sells traditional and seasonal foods, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs. Heated café tents allow you to sit in comfort and enjoy steaming hot coffee even on the coldest days in winter.
The Esplanade has been the main promenade for residents and visitors alike for the past 200 years, and people still flock to the park in summertime to sit on the lawns and terraces. The statue of Johan Ludvig Runeberg, the national poet of Finland, was unveiled in 1885. Free concerts are held throughout the summer on Espa Stage.
Designed by Ville Vallgren and built in Paris in 1906, this famous bronze fountain was erected beside the Market Square in 1908. According to Vallgren, the figure of the maiden rising out of the Baltic Sea symbolises Helsinki and its birth. Each year on the evening before May Day, students gather at the fountain to celebrate and place a cap on the statue. Between the Market Square and Esplanade Park
Originally designed by Pehr Granstedt and completed in 1820, the building was later adapted for use by the Tsar by C. L. Engel. Since Finland’s independence the building served as the official residence of the President and for hosting presidential functions. Today the official residence of the President is Mäntyniemi in the Meilahti district.
Completed in 1868 in the Katajanokka district of Helsinki, Uspenski Cathedral is the largest Orthodox church edifice in Western Europe. Designed by the Russian architect Aleksei M. Gornostajev, the cathedral is framed by a park. The redbrick edifice combines Eastern and Western influences: the facade represents classic Slavic traditions, while the interior reflects both Byzantine traditions and the influence of Italian art.
Source: www.visittallinn.ee and visithelsinki