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Danish King's Garden.


"Nestled between the city wall and Lower Town, this spot is called the Danish King's Garden because it was supposedly here that King Valdemar II of Denmark and his troops camped before conquering Toompea in 1219.


More importantly, a well-known legend both in Estonia and Denmark holds that the Danish flag, the Dannebrog, originated right here. According to the story, Valdemar's forces were losing their battle with the Estonians when suddenly the skies opened and a red flag with a white cross floated down from the heavens. Taking this as a holy sign, the Danes were spurred on to victory. In reality, the battle was decided by a group of Slavic mercemaries who began attacking the Estonians from the opposite slope.


Today the garden remains a place where locals honour the role Denmark played in Estonia's history. Halfway down the steps towards Rüütli street you can see an iron sword and shield with a Danish cross, and each summer, Danneborg Day is celebrated here."



Three Monks, Ambrosius, Bartholomeus, and Claudius by Simson von Seakyl and Paul Mänd. Contemporary, obviously.

The third one is not in this frame.


Tallinn, Estonia, 2018

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Taken on August 9, 2018