After we visited the interior of the cathedral, we took a quite trip around it to see what was all around.
First, we had to get past an old woman outside of the cathedral who, it appeared to me, was looking for alms. She didn’t like something about us and started yelling at us in Estonian, I’m guessing. It was an odd scene. We did what any self-respecting traveler to a foreign city who doesn’t speak the language would do – we turned and walked away quickly, not sure what all the fuss was about.
After that we crossed the street to see the Parliament building.
The Parliament building is a nice looking building. And you have to believe that its location right across the street from the cathedral isn’t just a coincidence. Of course, Estonia, today, is more non-religious in nature than the other Baltic nations, but there is quite a history though. And I would guess – and this is a big guess – that having the cathedral right across the street from the seat of government also brings back memories of Russian occupation and that Russia is right on their doorstep. Given the recent events in the air above the Baltic Sea, I can imagine many Estonians are feeling a bit uneasy these days. Having a Russian Orthodox cathedral across the street from the seat of government doesn’t help.
We continued by walking around the cathedral. The streets are quiet, but beautiful.