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The Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn is an exceptionally complete and well-preserved medieval northern European trading city on the coast of the Baltic Sea. The site preserves to a remarkable extent the medieval urban structure of building plots, streets and squares, set out in the 13th century, as well as medieval urban fabric. The radial street network is well endowed with buildings from the 14th-16th centuries. The town defences have been preserved over large sections at their original length and height, rising to over 15m in places.
In addition to architectural continuity, Old Town has retained its traditional use as a living city, hosting domestic, commercial and religious functions, and retaining the upper town as the administrative centre of the country. (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/822).

There are many beautiful streets in Tallinn and one of the prettiest little walkways in all of Old Town,is the medieval St. Catherine’s passage. On the northern portion of the passage you can find what's left of St. Catherine’s Church (hence the passage name) and various large, ancient tombstones. On the southern portion of the passage, there are numerous artisan workshops. I imagine that in summer it must be crowded with tourists. But in winter evening light it is quite empty, only from time to time someone appears. The atmosphere is really magic. View in other direction I post as Workshop.


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