Tallinn Old Town is full of beautiful churches and one of these is the Gothic style St. Olaf’s Church. The church was built in the 13th century, but has burnt down three times, so the building you see today in Tallinn isn’t quite the original one. However, the church is an impressive piece of work and when approaching Tallinn from the Baltic sea, St. Olaf’s Church is usually the first building you notice in the Old Town. That’s no wonder, as it’s the tallest building in the Old Town (123.7 metres) and, according to some records, at one time the church was even the tallest building in the whole world. In fact, due to its height the tower has been struck by lightning on at least 10 occasions! During the Soviet Era the KGB headquarters were located just around the corner and the Russians installed an antenna on the church’s tower, as this was in a straight line with the Moscow TV tower. This way Soviets were able to transmit messages without a worry that Americans would intercept them.

Tallinnan Olevisten Kirkko 2

St. Olaf’s Church is located on the corner of Oleviste and Lai streets and the entrance to the church is from Lai street. There’s no admission fee and St. Olaf’s is open daily from 10 am t0 6 pm (closed on national holidays). It’s also possible to visit the tower, but for that you need to buy an entrance ticket, which costs 2€ for adults and 1€ for kids (kids under seven years old are free). Tickets can be purchased from the church’s lobby, but remember that the tower is open only in the summer time (01.04-31.10).


The location of St. Olaf’s Church can be found on the Tallinn map below.


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