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THE REST OF TALLINN AND THEN TO ST. PETERSBURG

OUR LAST DAY IN TALLINN AND A PHOTO FRIENDLY PLACE.

No matter where you turn in the old part of Tallinn, the street scene is fabulous for an Aussie. Every where there is a house or other building that is over 600 years old and so well looked after. Of course they keep their renovations up to date with repairs as needed but all in the original style.

I was directed to a timber house that was 'as is' from the fifteenth century. The map of the old town stated that the actual date when it was built was not known except that it was described in an early chronicle of the day as a "bawdy house of ill repute and a haunt of pickpockets and ladies of the street". The merchant owner sold grain and kept hay on the ground floor to "hide his girls from the wardens". (Must be where the term having a roll in the hay came from).

HERE'S THE PHOTOS

THE HOUSE OF PICKPOCKETS AND OTHER THINGS

THE HOUSE OF PICKPOCKETS AND OTHER THINGS

ANOTHER VIEW OF IT

ANOTHER VIEW OF IT

Just around the corner from the " house" was one of the oldest streets in Tallinn and I went mad in this area with my camera.

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AN OLD CHURCH THAT IS PART OF THE TOWN WALL. SEE THE SIGN.

AN OLD CHURCH THAT IS PART OF THE TOWN WALL. SEE THE SIGN.

HOPE YOU CAN READ IT

HOPE YOU CAN READ IT

THE GREAT GUILD BUILDING. BUILT EARLY IN THE 15th CENTURY.

THE GREAT GUILD BUILDING. BUILT EARLY IN THE 15th CENTURY.

Restaurants are mainly underground in the early Gothic basements of the old buildings. originally store rooms of the merchants houses, some have very low ceilings that are arched, so beware of your head as you turn from room to room. Some of them have signs that emphasise the main ingredient of their food.

LOOK CLOSELY AT THE SIGN.

LOOK CLOSELY AT THE SIGN.

IN THE CELLAR

IN THE CELLAR

IN THE OLDE HANSA CELLER

IN THE OLDE HANSA CELLER

OUTSIDE THE OLDE HANSA INN. (SPECIALLY FOR TOURISTS)

OUTSIDE THE OLDE HANSA INN. (SPECIALLY FOR TOURISTS)

WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING. ORIGINAL HAND WASHING UNIT FROM 1540

WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE EATING. ORIGINAL HAND WASHING UNIT FROM 1540

After our lunch we joined a guided tour with a university student guide. Anne, who spoke excellent English was one of a team of students who supplemented their income by guiding tourist for free. Officially they cannot charge, but a donation at the end of the tour would be appreciated. (which was worth it.)

ANNA- OUR ESTONIAN PIXIE.

ANNA- OUR ESTONIAN PIXIE.

THE ROOFS OF THE OLD TOWN

THE ROOFS OF THE OLD TOWN

MORE OF THE OLD WALLS ON THE HILL OVERLOOKING THE OLD TOWN.

MORE OF THE OLD WALLS ON THE HILL OVERLOOKING THE OLD TOWN.

'FAT HERMAN' THE GUNPOWDER STORAGE FORT ( INSIDE THE WALLS)

'FAT HERMAN' THE GUNPOWDER STORAGE FORT ( INSIDE THE WALLS)

DOME CHURCH - OLDEST IN ESTONIA BUILT IN 1219

DOME CHURCH - OLDEST IN ESTONIA BUILT IN 1219

The next photos are of the interior of the Dome church, the carvings are all wood, painted and gilded. They are the last of the photos from Tallinn, It was dark when we went out and the next morning we flew to St. Petersburg. So if you like the blogs , look out for further instalments.

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THE CHOIR WALK

THE CHOIR WALK

CARVING DETAIL ON THE PULPIT

CARVING DETAIL ON THE PULPIT

Jack and Norma

Posted by normaandjack 13:46

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these didn't come out in your last post guess you must have known. Very old place isn't it I'm not sure but I thinkTallin it may have ben either part of Russia in the days of the Csar or perhaps part of Prussia or Poland once, not sure, cheers.Geoff

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