Maiden Tower (Neitsitorn), Tallinn

Maiden Tower (Neitsitorn), Tallinn

The Maiden Tower is another of the old towers that were located along the old fortified walls of the city of Tallinn, Estonia. It can be found in the Old Town Sector, not very far from Town Hall or its sister structure, the Kiek in de Kok. Both of these towers date back to the 14th Century, and have been part of the landscape of the town for many years.

The Maiden Tower has suffered from the damage of war at many different points in its history, and you can see some of the canon damage upon close inspection. It has undergone repair in almost every century since.

One of the most interesting things about the tower is that is used to be used as a prison for prostitutes, which is why it is called the Maiden Tower. In fact, local legend states that some of the old prisoners still haunt the structure. On a clear dark night, you might be able to see the lights of some old ghost roaming the stairs.

During the 20th Century, the tower was turned into a restaurant, which was popular up into the 1990s. You could have a meal, some coffee, and a fine glass of wine, while looking out over the city. Currently, though, the tower is not used at all.

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Sight Map

Sight Name: Maiden Tower (Neitsitorn)
Sight Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Tallinn Old Towers and Gates  

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