Town Walls


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Tallinn's Town Walls are one of the best preserved and most impressive in Europe, and they have big influence on a historical atmosphere of the city. They are sometimes called Margaret's walls, as the Queen Margaret Sambiria ordered to built first fortifications in 1265.

Nowadays construction origin mainly form 13th and 14th century, when walls was 2,5 kilometres long and reach the height of 16 meters. From 45 towers remained 25, every with its unique name, some of them hard to explain, like Golden Leg Tower or Kiek in de Kok (Peek into a Kitchen). It is believed, that this last tower was so high, that soldiers from this Tower can look into the chimneys and see, what are people cooking.
One of the latest added towers is Fat Margaret, attached to the Great Costal Tower in 16th century. It has 25 meters in diameter, with 5 meter walls, and reach height of 20 meters. It assure the safety to the city and impress guest coming from the sea. Nowadays it is hosting the Maritime Museum.

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