Winding cobblestone streets of Old Tallinn are very popular with tourists. The historical center of the city , which is surrounded by the city wall, is divided into two parts – Toompea , located on Toompea Hill, the former residence of aristocracy, and the Lower Town. The center of Tallinn, which was mostly built in the XI century, has survived till our days in an excellent condition thanks to thick stone walls of the city. These walls were a good protection against frequent attacks. This is the place where visitors will find magnificently beautiful Town Hall and the oldest pharmacy located nearby. The pharmacy was built in 1422!
The Old Town is also home to a large number of churches, such as the Church of St. Olav built in the XIII century. Several centuries ago this was the tallest church of the medieval Europe. In the XVI century the old city wall with its numerous bastions was one of the best defensive structures in Northern Europe. Toompea Hill is also home to one of the main symbols of Tallinn - the beautiful Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. St. Catherine's Passage , located between Vene and Muurivahe Streets is the best place to feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town. This is a perfect place for an unhurried walk. Tourists may also enjoy watching how craftsmen work.
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