Vana Toomas on guard over Tallinn
Weathervanes of the Tallinn Town Hall, 1404.
It is the oldest town hall in the whole of the Baltic region and Scandinavia.
The vane Old Thomas (Estonian: Vana Toomas) on the top of the Town Hall's tower, that has been there since 1530, has become one of the symbols of Tallinn. The town hall tower was built along with the town hall in 1402–1404. The original gothic style pyramid spire was replaced in 1627 by a renaissance style spire (height 26 metres). The height of the tower is 64 metres.
The first vane depicting the famous soldier was placed on the top of the town hall in 1530. Arguably, the model for the vane was a peasant. As a young boy, he got famous for winning the crossbow competition held by the Baltic German elite, where colorful wooden parrot placed on the top of a post was shot down. As his birth status did not actually allow him to compete, he did not get the prize. Instead, thanks to the Mayor, he received the eternal glory of being a city guard. The brave war servant's statue stayed on guard until 1944 when the tower burst into flames in a bomb attack in March. In 1952, the burned spire was restored and a copy of the Old Thomas was installed. The original, the Old Thomas from 1530, is now in the ancient basement of the town hall.
Tallinn, Estonia, 2018