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March 4th 2022
Published: March 7th 2022
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The Parliament building is housed in the Toompea Castle in the old town

The Estonian parliament building, Tallinn old town and Telliskivi





In March 2020 we took the ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn in Estonia. We went on a so called cruise, meaning that we spent two nights in the ferry and one day in Tallinn. Little did we then know that we wouldn't travel abroad for almost two years.



Now let’s fast-forward to March 2022. Now we once again found ourselves on a cruise to Tallinn. Even though we have travelled quite a bit in Sweden these last two years, we have to say that it feels very good to finally be able to travel to foreign countries again.



Tallinn historical city centre

The main attraction in the Estonian capital is the World Heritage listed historical city centre. The old town with its city wall is an unusually well preserved example of a city from the Middle Ages. Tallinn was then one of the more important member cities of the Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League can be described as a Middle Ages trade union. A bit like a predecessor to EU actually.



People going from Stockholm to Tallinn on a
The white hall The white hall The white hall

This room is called the white hall. It is used for formal events organised by the parliament
cruise tend to spend most of the time in the old town. It comes quite natural both because the ferry terminal is close to the city centre and because tourist facilities and other attractions are concentrated there.



Tallinn parliament building

We also started out in the old town. But we didn't go there for any of the usual sightseeing, we went there for a "tour" of the Estonian parliament building. This was not a public tour. A friend of ours live in Tallinn and she works in the Parliament building. Since we were in her home town she thought it could be fun to show us around at her job. It was totally awesome to get the chance to see the inside of the seat of power of the Republic of Estonia.



The Parliament building is housed in the Toompea Castle. As far as we can understand, much of current castle was probably erected in early 20th century. But there has been a castle or fortress at the site for well over 1,000 years. We don't know if there are any traces of the 9th century castle incorporated in the current buildings.
Plenary HallPlenary HallPlenary Hall

In the Plenary Hall the Estonian parliament, the Riigikogu, hold its meetings
It's possible since it is not unheard of that new castles, when built on top of old ones, reuse the previous castle's basements and walls.



Telliskivi

The old town is really nice. We've been to Tallinn several times over the years and walking through the narrow lanes of the old town is always a pleasure. But when we visited Tallinn two years ago we went to another part of the town, Telliskivi, as well and found that we liked that too. The reason we went there in the first place is that Fotografiska, an art gallery for photo art, has a branch there. Since we enjoy visiting Fotografiska in Stockholm we wanted to see the one in Tallinn as well. It turned out that the area where Fotografiska, Tallinn is located is like a trendy art centre. Since we after the visit at the parliament building had some time over we decided to walk past Telliskivi. There we had a look at the street art in the area, had a bite to eat at one of the restaurants and then we went to the ferry for the return trip home.

We had a very
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The blue carpet is actually brand new. We watched them install it in one end of this corridor
nice day in Tallinn. On this trip we did not have time to travel anywhere else in Estonia. But we do actually have some pictures from a short trip we made in Estonia a few years before we joined Travelblog. If we decide to digitize those pictures we could write a blog post about the places we visited then. But that's a project for the future.


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Building in the historical city centreBuilding in the historical city centre
Building in the historical city centre

The main attraction in the Estonian capital is the World Heritage listed historical city centre.
Building in the historical city centreBuilding in the historical city centre
Building in the historical city centre

The old town with its city wall is an unusually well preserved example of a city from the Middle Ages
Building in the historical city centreBuilding in the historical city centre
Building in the historical city centre

Tallinn was then one of the more important member cities of the Hanseatic League. The Hanseatic League can be described as a Middle Ages trade union.
Building in need of renovationBuilding in need of renovation
Building in need of renovation

Most of central Tallinn is well preserved. However, this building is an exception as it is in need of renovation
Kiek in de KökKiek in de Kök
Kiek in de Kök

Medieval artillery tower
Tower and city wallTower and city wall
Tower and city wall

A section of the city wall and a tower
City gateCity gate
City gate

One of the gates in the city wall
Towers in the city wallTowers in the city wall
Towers in the city wall

Two towers in the city wall
Towers in the city wallTowers in the city wall
Towers in the city wall

Four towers in the city wall
The War of Independence Victory ColumnThe War of Independence Victory Column
The War of Independence Victory Column

Memorial over Estonia's 1918–1920 War of Independence.
StatueStatue
Statue

A cute little statue
Alexander Nevsky CathedralAlexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Opposite the parliament building is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky CathedralAlexander Nevsky Cathedral
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Detail of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Street art in TelliskiviStreet art in Telliskivi
Street art in Telliskivi

Young woman and a flamingo
Telliskivi is like a trendy art centreTelliskivi is like a trendy art centre
Telliskivi is like a trendy art centre

Street art depicting a jet powered train
Bird of preyBird of prey
Bird of prey

Since we after the visit at the parliament building had some time over we decided to walk past Telliskivi. There we had a look at the street art in the area
Welcome all genders  Welcome all genders
Welcome all genders

Something a bit funny at the end. In this toilet all genders are welcome: men, women, other genders and extraterrestrial lifeforms


8th March 2022
Statue

How it should be
I watch in horror the barbarity of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine and this sublime pic from a country not far from the conflict brings it into high relief and could not be a greater contrast. Just saying.
8th March 2022
Statue

We were in Ukraine in 2009
We traveled in Ukraine four weeks in 2009. It is sickening to follow the news from the places we visited back then. People I talked to then are now engaged in a war. /Ake
8th March 2022
Statue

This is cute
I love unique and creative statues around the world.
8th March 2022
Statue

We agree
We think so too. It is cute. We should visit Tallinn in summer so we can see it when the fountain is splashing water. /Ake
9th March 2022

Interesting!
20th March 2022

Tallinn 2022
Yay - you are travelling abroad again! Great news, and well done! It's nice to visit somewhere one has already been, and I imagine it was interesting revisiting again after these last two years! I hope this is one of many future trips abroad for you both! 😊
21st March 2022

We are slowly starting to go abroad again
The trip to Tallinn was the first of, at least, three trips abroad this year. At least we have one trip to Spain planned for Easter and our summer holiday we plan to spend in Netherlands and other countries on the European continent. /Ake
8th May 2022

On the road again...
Lovely to be reading of your overseas travels again! You must have really enjoyed this first trip out of the country in a long time. How lucky to get a tour of the Parliament building, it looks very ornate. We visited the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, and seeing this one you posted from Tallinn made me wonder how may other cathedrals / monuments in that part of the world are named after that Russian prince :)
9th May 2022

It felt good
It really felt good to be able to go abroad again. Just the feeling that things slowly are going back to normal made it special. /Ake

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