Kiek in de Kök, Tallinn

Kiek in de Kök, Tallinn (must see)

The phrase “Kiek in de Kok” derives from German. It’s an old nickname for towers that are part of some fortified structure. Occupants of the tower used to be able to peek down into the kitchens of nearby homes. In the case of the tower located in Tallinn, it is an old artillery tower.

It was built as part of the impressive fortifications that used to surround the town. This particular tower was added in 1475. It stands an impressive 38 meters high, and is made with walls that are 4 meters thick, which were designed to stand up against canon fire. If you take a look at this structure, you can still see old cannon balls that are embedded into the walls of the tower that date all the way back to the 16th Century.

The old tower has been remodeled a lot during its lifetime. In the 17th Century, some of the lower floors were buried in dirt, and new gun holes were made in the top of the tower. The structure fell out of use by 1760. For a while, it became a repository for archives, and was used for a small time for apartments. You can climb the tower today, though, to get a great view of the city surrounding.

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Kiek in de Kök on Map

Sight Name: Kiek in de Kök
Sight Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: City Orientation Walk   Tallinn Old Towers and Gates  

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