Toompea Castle is one of Estonia’s oldest and grandest architectural groupings.
Built in the 13th to the 14th centuries, the castle is situated on the steep limestone coast, 50 meters above sea level. It is one of the most potent symbols of reigning power, conquered over the centuries by various nations. Today, the Estonian Parliament is housed here.
Tall Hermann was built in the southwestern corner of Toompea Fortress at the end of the 14th century. The name of the tower comes from the German phrase "Lange Hermann" meaning "tall soldier" or "chief" and comes from the tales of the adored medieval hero Hermann. This sort of name was usually given to the most powerful towers in a fortress.
The unique value of Tallinn’s Old Town lies first and foremost in the well-preserved completeness of its medieval milieu and structure, which has been lost in most of the capitals of northern Europe. Since 1997, the Old Town of Tallinn has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
Its powerful defensive structures have protected Tallinn from being destroyed in wars, and its lack of wooden buildings has protected it from burning down. But it is also crucial that Tallinn hasn’t been massively rebuilt in the interest of dispensing with the old and modernising the town.
Tallinn is one of the best retained medieval European towns, with its web of winding cobblestone streets and properties, from the 11th to 15th centuries, preserved nearly in its entirety. All the most important state and church buildings from the Middle Ages have been preserved in their basic original form, as well as many citizens’ and merchants’ residences, along with barns and warehouses from the medieval period.
The golden era in Tallinn’s history lies in the period between the early 15th and mid 16th centuries. Tallinn had attained fame and a powerful role in the Baltic Sea area through its membership in the Hanseatic League. Economic might carried with it both the need to defend the city and the opportunity for a rich period of architectural and artistic creativity.
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JanD (0) 2008-03-04 2:30
Amazing castle. Wonderful POV. Original composition. Great effect.
azaf1 (15929) 2008-03-04 2:51
Lovely POV that gives a beautiful perspective to the Toompea Castle. I like your color range and the beautiful open sky
ChrisJ (113989) 2008-03-04 3:04
A marvellous blue sky, with good colour, contrast, sharpness & lighting. A good upward pov on the castle wall. Tfs!
ls7902 (7348) 2008-03-04 3:45
Wonderful POV & framing. Good lighting & colors too. I like your notes very much ... good information about the castle, place, and history. Well done. Regards. Latiff.
izmirli (3989) 2008-03-04 4:33
merhaba dear george
wonderful blue sky and clouds.excellent historic castle.good composition.well done.
friendly greetings from Istanbul.
snunney (99038) 2008-03-04 5:45
A very good composition of this imposing castle nicely framed by the trees. A good upwards point of view that makes good use of the interesting sky. Very good colours and clarity.
TopGeo (38216) 2008-03-04 5:47
Hi George! excellent shot! The sky the castle and the frame in combination with colours give important impression! Good work and subject from Tallinn, I praise
UnTrained (0) 2008-03-04 6:02
pleasant sky above the fortress and the POV very low works well for that one to make it even more strong. The soft evening light let the red of the roof work very good against the blue sky.
Lieben Gruss, Ulf
jhm (152902) 2008-03-04 6:29
The branches to the corner care for a nice frame, this as contrast against the lovely cloudy sky.
Also the silhouette of the castle care for a good composition.
Very well done, thanks for sharing.
evanrizo (456) 2008-03-04 8:53
the image has a fantastic light balance and very very good POV and frame.
The sharpness and colors also.
Have a nice evening.
bizsu (1015) 2008-03-04 10:00
Szia Gyuri !
Csodálatos a galériád. Az életbe nem fogok tudni így fényképezni, mint te. Csodálatos, és érdekes ennek a várnak vagy parlamentnek a nézőszöge. Csodálatosan tiszta, éles kép. Gratulálok.
paura (47186) 2008-03-04 17:22
Excellent point of view to show the Toompea Castle. The sky colors are very beautiful. well done, friend.
jurek1951 (42196) 2008-03-04 20:31
Amazing Castle, amazing architecture. Wonderful POV. Great perspective. Nice lightness and colors. Original capture.
hay_kes (31435) 2008-03-04 22:53
Very beautiful shot of this Castle.Good POV and perspective.TFS.
Have a nice day.
Graal (102884) 2008-03-04 23:22
Jó napot George,
an interesting castle from Tallin. Good informations and quality of photo. Well done. I like it.
ifanik (21679) 2008-03-05 1:09
VERY BEAUTIFUL PICTURE WITH WONDERFUL SKY
NICE COLOURS AND POV
NICE NOTE TOO
vERY WELL DONE
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-03-05 2:28
I like a lot this balanced compo, with great use of a good POV.
Colors and tones are very pleasant, nice job,
salvator (19110) 2008-03-05 3:10
Wonderful colors, especially in the sky. The clouds, the castle, the sharpness and details look superb.
Best regards. Salvator.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2008-03-05 5:10
the point of view is quite selected. The fortress is in height what emphasizes its architecture and its importance. Good quality of photograph.
Have a nice day
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2008-03-05 8:02
Nice upward view, but I think a little bit closer view to the castle would might improve the picture (I try it in the WS). The light is excellent and colours beautiful too.
xavshot (69835) 2008-03-05 10:59
bel équilibre entre le placement du château et les branches sur la droite de la photo. Jolies couleurs également pour faire ressortir cet endroit. Bravo.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-06
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Ixus 50
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Your Favorites, Tallinn, The picturesque medieval city [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-03-04 2:29
- Favorites: 1 [view]