Estonia, Tallinn Guide (B): Loved Tallinn, Estonia!

Loved Tallinn, Estonia!
Tallinn, the capital and largest city of Estonia was quite enjoyable. It may have been our favorite city on the tour thus far. Perhaps it was a pleasant surprise because we hardly knew anything about Estonia or this medieval city whose old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Established on the map in 1154, the city was conquered by Valdemar II of Denmark in 1219 and sold to the Hanseatic League in 1285. Tallinn passed into Swedish hands in 1561 and then to Russia under Peter the Great in 1710. In 1918, Tallinn excerpted its own independence before being occupied by the Soveit Union which was then conquered by Nazi Germany (1941-44) only to be retaken by the Soviets. Estonia again declared its independence in 1991.

Tallinn is now home to 430,000 people, about one third of Estonia’s population. Estonia has its own language and there is not a word to distinguish between he and she. Everyone is an “it”. Fortunately, our tour guide spoke fantastic English. She said TV helps a lot.

We began our tour walking up Toompea Hill to Hermann’s Tower flying the Estonian flag. Whatever flag is atop this tower signifies the ruling country. Estonia’s flag is three stripes of blue, black, and white. Blue represents the sky. Black represents the soil. White represents hope and prosperity.

Near the tower was the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox Church. It’s five domes were topped with symbols of a diagonal line and crescent moon. The diagonal line ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Loved Tallinn, Estonia!
Guide Location: Estonia » Tallinn
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Hermann's Tower   Alexander Nevsky Cathedral   Cathedral of Saint Mary the Virgin   St. Nicholas' Orthodox Church   St. Catherine's Passage   Raekoja Plats   Olde Hansa  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: http://adventuresofacouchsurfer.com/2015/08/24/loved-tallinn-estonia/