tallinn is the picturesque port city of estonia, a small country in the baltic region. it has head over heels charms of medieval architecture, so charismatic, most captivating with laid back atmosphere. i was enamored by its warmth and beauty.
my friends and i traced rick steve’s ‘one day in tallinn’ that took us first to fat margaret tower, the gateway to the old city. from there was an easy walk on cobblestoned pikk street, the oldest in tallin dotted with medieval buildings laden in history.
there was st olav church built in the 12th century and the ministry of police building that had a portentous past, once the headquarters of kgb. we stopped at maiasmokk, ‘sweet tooth’ open café for drinks and pastry and enjoyed the charm and feel of the old town, so delightful and pretty.
the church of the holy ghost, a medieval church is one of the oldest and finest structures in tallin noted for its outdoor clock that is still working since the 17th century. another medieval church is st. nicholas, now a concert hall and museum housing the most beautiful and stunning century-old works of art.
one of the most dominating landmark in tallinn is the onion-domed russian church, the alexander nevsky cathedral. it sits on the limestone hill of toompea, boasting the largest and grandest cupola.
right across from nevsky cathedral is the pink palace now the country’s parliament building. this beautiful palace was built by peter the great for catherine I back in the day
we walked back to the old town square and soaked up for one last time the beauty of tallin. the striking town hall dominated the square. as i looked out from a corner café, i felt the pulse of the old town, enjoyed the vibe and savored the character and mood of all around me. i relished those moments and felt a deep gratitude for God’s generosity.