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Viru Gate was here | by Tigra K
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Viru Gate was here

"The barbican of Viru Gate was part of the defense system of old town wall built in the 14th century. The two small round towers are remains of of what was a much more complex gate system. A couple of centuries later, it already had 8 gates that consisted of several towers and curtain walls connecting them. The main tower of a gate was always square and the barbicans were equipped with one or two small round towers.


As the entrances to the Old Town were widened, several gates were demolished. The Viru Gate had to make space for a horse-drawn tram route that connected the Old Market with Kadriorg.


However, the corner towers were preserved; also, you can still see a part of the bastion that is called Musumägi."


In the background: The Tallinn Town Hall, 1404.


It is the oldest town hall in the whole of the Baltic region and Scandinavia. 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.


Tallinn, Estonia, 2018

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Taken on August 9, 2018