After visiting the House of Government of Estonia, we made our way over to the gates and towers by Nunne St.
One of prettiest modern buildings in Tallinn is the House of Government. And one of the neatest things about it is that it sits on a cliff.
Quite impressive, especially considering that you can pretty much go up to the building without getting harassed by a bajillion security guards. It makes the building, and hence, the house of government accessible to people. What a novel concept!
Overlooks are neat. They have the potential to provide some truly awesome views of cities and other landscapes.
We got to see a beautiful view of Tallinn in winter when we were there at the end of December. The snow on the rooftops creates a unique view. It also brings out different views that we don’t normally see.
After we enjoyed Pilsticker tower and courtyard, we took a look out over Schnelli Park.
There are actually steps that one can take to get down to the park.
But it is well worth it. The courtyard is worth it. Another neat feature of the courtyard is that it is a romantic location. In fact, there is a sign by the overlook with a picture of a wine glass. I didn’t take a picture of it though because there was a couple by the sign enjoying a glass of wine.
Tallinn has a ton of churches, just as many old historic European cities do. The churches have an amazing history. If only the walls could talk. They would probably tell us stories of life, death, war, fear, joy, liturgy, sacraments, fights, power struggles, prayer, piety, law, Gospel, families, outcasts, preaching, children, laughing, crying…silence.
The Dome church in Tallinn would be no different. In fact, this church is the oldest church in Tallinn, dating back to the 13th century. It was, like many really old churches, Roman Catholic. But when the Reformation hit the Baltic country, it became Lutheran and has remained so ever since.
After we left Catherine’s Passage, we made our way to the Viru Gates.
These are high walls – meant to keep people out. Human nature, it seems, is normally focused on separation and fear. We still have fences in our modern era, but often, the walls of separation we build now to protect ourselves are less tangible, although not always. Often we see walls of separation within churches too – but that’s for another post.
After we left Masters Courtyard, we found Catherine’s Passage.
The Passage isn’t very big, but quite a big long. And it has some things to see in it too. Once you get through the initial tunnel, you come to the main passage way and find one of the neatest historical things – tombstones
Here’s one in detail:
Back to the Tallinn trip. We decided to hit a few things off the beaten path. One of them was Masters Courtyard.
It’s a cute old-looking courtyard with plenty to fill any artsy parts of any person, complete with a cafe. And in the winter and with snow, it looks like this:
It could pass as a post card, couldn’t it? It definitely has an old world feel to it. The shops are nice and add to the location. In a way, it feels like you step into a timeless void where time has stopped still.