Freedom Square, Tallinn

Freedom Square, Tallinn (must see)

Freedom Square was built to commemorate the soldiers who were killed during the Estonian War of Independence. This war was part of the Russian Civil War that occurred between WWI and WWII. The war actually took place from November 1918 through February of 1920. During the struggle, 4,000 people were killed and another 14,000 were wounded.

The actual idea for a tribute started in 1939, but Estonia was swept into WWII shortly after the independence was declared. They were again occupied and it wasn’t until 1991 that the country was again independent. During the Russian occupation, this plaza was called Victory Square. This beautiful area has been redesigned to reflect the freedom of the Estonian people and to pay tribute to its fallen citizens.

On the west side of the square is the Victory Column. It was completed and opened in June 2009. The column is surrounded by 143 plates of glass and is topped by the Cross of Liberty. This represents Estonia’s distinguished award during the War of Independence. On the east side of the square is the lovely St. John’s church. It is located in the Old Town portion of Tallinn and really deserves a visit while in Estonia.

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Freedom Square on Map

Sight Name: Freedom Square
Sight Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Landmarks of Tallinn  

Walking Tours in Tallinn, Estonia

Create Your Own Walk in Tallinn

Create Your Own Walk in Tallinn

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tallinn is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
East Tallinn

East Tallinn

East Tallinn, or Kadriorg, is located outside of Old Town and is generally referred to as a quiet district. East Tallinn offers fascinating 19th and 20th century villas, as well as Estonia’s top art museums. The eastern side of the city is also home to several art galleries, beautiful Kadrioru Park, the striking Russalka monument, as well as the magnificent Kadriorg Palace and Park.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Tallinn Museums

Tallinn Museums

Tallinn is home to several of Europe's most interesting and impressive museums. The museums specialize in everything, from history and art to old-fashioned dolls, photo cameras, musical instruments, and sea mines. Take a journey through Tallinn's museums and explore the history and culture of this great city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Landmarks of Tallinn

Landmarks of Tallinn

With a rich Estonian heritage and several monumental constructions that commemorate its past, the city of Tallinn boasts numerous landmarks and monuments. When in Tallinn, make sure to see the pleasant Linda Monument, restored Freedom Square, emotive Memorial at the National Theatre, Statue of Anton H. Tammsaare, legendary Town Hall Square, and the impressive Estonia Ferry Monument.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Tallinn Old Towers and Gates

Tallinn Old Towers and Gates

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Tallinn Medieval Old Town

Tallinn Medieval Old Town

Old Town is the most popular tourist destination in Tallinn. Constructed within the 13th-16th centuries, when Tallinn was an active member of the Hanseatic trade league, the Old Town slowly evolved into an enclosed district of colorful, ancient gabled houses, medieval towers and gates, half-hidden courtyards, and ostentatious churches. Old Town Tallinn is undoubtedly worth a visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km
Tallinn's Latin Quarter

Tallinn's Latin Quarter

Tallinn's Latin Quarter is an interesting district in the centre of the city. The Latin Quarter features the prominent Masters’ Courtyard, Gothic Dominican Monastery Museum, popular Tallinn City Museum, captivating Dominican Monastery Claustrum, and the marvelous St. Catherine’s Passage.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.4 km