Town Hall Square


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The centre of every medieval city was a main square, gathering trade, cultural events and serving as a meeting place. In Tallinn, one can have an impression, that nothing changed in that case, maybe apart of executions, which were held close to the Town Hall.

The Medieval Markets are organised every summer, and in winter the Christmas Market is opened under the Christmas Tree, as it started in 1441, from the first public Christmas Tree in Europe.
The irregular Town Hall Square is surrounded by colourful merchant houses, and dominated by a Town Hall. The current building origin from 1404, but the city council worked from middle 14th century. The building served in its historical role up to 1970, now is partially open to public. The tall tower is topped by a renaissance spire, and at the top of it is located Old Thomas, one of the city symbols. It is a weather vane, located there in 1530, and so-believed guardian of the city.
Apart of the Town Hall, one of the most interesting buildings on a square is a Pharmacy, the oldest working pharmacy in the world.

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