The romantic capital of Estonia is located on the northeast corner of Europe, the Baltic Sea and has a romantic landscape of rare beauty, given its tumultuous past.
Tallinn’s history was marked in recent years by a communist regime under Soviet rule being this star for five decades until the arrival of independence in 1991. Following this historic moment, the country and especially its capital, managed to devise a fast and accurate recovery under the system of Western capitalism.
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One of its most precious jewel is the old town, which is characterized by its magnificent architectural legacies of medieval and Baroque styles, led by grand castles, stately churches and many cobbled streets that get lost among the dead, dying in large squares crowned important historical monuments.
That’s why is called as the New Prague Tallinn or Prague Small, given the nature of architecture and its small size, which can be accessed easily in a short time. Beyond this, the city continues to be a place to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest.
The Old Town is known for its historic facades, that despite the vast majority have been renovated, have a landscape that will transport you back centuries to show the images of the Middle Ages through its constructions. There you will find a variety of cafes, restaurants and hotels that respects its past looking forward, adapting to the demands of tourists.
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As for his most significant buildings, you can see the impressive cathedral Alexander Nevski Orthodox call, dedicated to a hero of the Russian motherland that bore his name.
It was opened in 1900 being sent to be built by Tsar Alexander III. Its significant black domes rest on the building has numerous problems for structural engineers at all times, since it has been under constant remodeling. Local people, ensure that these problems occur because the church dedicated to a Russian hero has been built over the grave of an Estonian hero, creating a legend about this temple.
On the other hand, is the famous town hall, known as Raekoda, located on the square that bears his name. It is impossible not to recognize this great example of the architecture of the XIV and XVI which crowns the landscape. The same can be visited, but often is closed to the public due to the numerous meetings held within the building. Anyway, if you’re lucky, you can stop at the coffee bar there, or enjoy the alleged oldest pharmacy in Europe.
Finally, regarding the case for museums, Tallinn has two important museums. One of these is the Municipal Museum of Tallinn, which has a large collection of photographs and documents that show the history of the city over the years, especially the periods of German and Soviet occupation. You can also enjoy many art exhibitions both domestic and international temporary. The building that houses this museum has a historical style of the fourteenth century, being a true tourist spot in the area.
In addition, the Museum of the Occupation story shows the hard hit the region with the long Soviet occupation and, nourished by documentation showing the dark past of the city. Here you can view photos, videos, uniforms and letters of the time who remember the history that many would rather forget.
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De else will say it is inevitable walk the narrow streets of Tallinn will transport you back to the capital of Estonia, who today proudly celebrates joining the European Union since 2004.
Tallinn – Estonia Small Prague