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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dkmurphys (48088) 2014-02-26 1:08
What a superb place to walk in the late afternoon. It looks like one of the old streets of Sibiu...
Well taken scene, enjoy a fine day.
jurek1951 (41406) 2014-02-26 1:20
nastrojowa ta uliczka,super wyglada to swiatlo,ladny kadr,pozdrawiam
SNOOP_Chan (3901) 2014-02-26 1:45
Hello Malgorzata, very nice image here. I like the perspective on the shot, enhanced through the arches. Good non-symetrical composition. Good details on the walls.
Fis2 (84020) 2014-02-26 1:46
Piekne mury, ciekawa uliczka.
Fajne kolory, jest klimat.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-26 1:48
A fine place to have a stroll soaking in all the history and medieval past of this beautiful old town. Had it not been for those artificial lights the scene could have resembled a scene from the medieval past. Like the way they have preserved history. We Indians can take a leaf out of their book. Thanks for sharing this beautiful photo of a historic place.
krzychu30 (15442) 2014-02-26 2:17
te mury,zimowa sceneria oraz nastrojowe swiatlo tworza tutaj niezwykly klimat tej sceny.
Mozna sie poczuc,jakbysmy przeniesli sie gdzies w czasie.
Do tego podoba mi sie fakt,ze uchwycilas te grupke ludzi.Wnosza troche "zycia" do calosci kompozycji.
Romano46 (16720) 2014-02-26 3:32
la foto è particolarmente suggestiva sia per il soggetto ripreso che per la luce che illumina la strada mettendo in evidenza la bellezza austera degli edifici.
Ottima la composizione e straordinaria la niotidezza.
Fiabeschi i colori.
Ciao e buona giornata
snunney (81885) 2014-02-26 3:59
Another place for my bucket list:-) I like the perspective and cosy atmosphere. Also, the warm colours and excellent detail to be observed in the stonework. The little group of people bring the scene to life and offer a good focal point.
Sergiom (57851) 2014-02-26 5:42
Cela doit être vraiment plaisant de marcher dans cette très belle rue, les pieds dans la neige légère. J'aime beaucoup la qualité des détails et la texture très ancienne des murs.
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-26 7:42
What a contrast with the nighttime photo from Riga: here the whites and the cold atmosphere predominate. Like this one, your photos so often have great elements of contrast and texture in them - here you bring the mortar and the stone to life! A great result!
holmertz (39569) 2014-02-26 8:19
A great photo. I recognize this street very well of course, but this was taken in another place than the one I posted here. Different light, different people, but the same fine medieval atmosphere. Certainly this is the most picturesque street in Tallinn.
rychem (21719) 2014-02-26 8:29
Niesamowita architektura, takie masywne średniowieczne mury, doskonale ujęcie tej uliczki, bardzo fajne światło i piękna kompozycja
saxo042 (37226) 2014-02-26 9:04
Very fine and interesting old buildings along this street. It looks very cold here but the persons here do not seem to suffer anyway. A good note and complementary pictures too.
PaulVDV (21661) 2014-02-26 11:10
I remember this street in Tallinn but my pictures of it aren't too good.
I think the snow on the different arches and on the ground is a very important element here on this beautiful picture. Also the dark bricks and the grey parts in between alternate well.
Best regards, Paul
Silvio1953 (119690) 2014-02-26 11:39
Ciao Malgorzata, lovely composition with nice walking people, great perspective, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (30625) 2014-02-26 16:06
ottimo lavoro, tre scatti molto belli, anche se preferisco questo per la presenza delle persone, che in ogni caso, ravvivano la foto.
jjcordier (75190) 2014-02-26 21:53
Ce passage St Catherine est spectaculaire et tu l'as bien mis en image. Le WS est très intéressant également.
subhendu_bagchi (25513) 2014-02-26 23:06
a beautiful post for TE is here. Love the architecture. Like the alley and those passers by in middle. I enjoyed the depth and sharpness of this image and the perfect light as well. A very good one. Tfs.
ikeharel (55368) 2014-02-27 8:34
Good evening Malgo,
People walking up on the narrow alley, gave a fine dynamic scale on the still town under snow.
Fine clarity and light managed, DOF on the view under the archs well collected.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-02-28 14:07
pamietam ta piekna uliczke i jakie wrazenie na mnie zrobila. Niestety zdjecie wyszlo totalnie nieudane z braku dobrego aparatu i jakiegokolwiek doswiadczenia. Tobie udalo sie swietnie uchwycic piekno tego miejsca, a swiatlo padajace na mury dodatkowo poteguje urok calosci.
bostankorkulugu (42002) 2014-03-01 1:48
loved the old town mood and that pinkish light dear...
fanni (14377) 2014-03-26 12:49
if it wasn't for these quite modern looking people, one could say that you managed to travel through the Time into the Past and shoot such an interesting picturesque photo :) I like it very much! the composition and the warm colours create a nice atmosphere.
Thanks so much for commenting on my photo! How I wish I had more time to socialize on TE (and not only here)!
right you are: this is the way we contact people, make and meet friends.. and I don't want to lose mine just because of hard job and tiredness. That's why I do my best to appear here at least from time to time :)
have a nice evening!
my best wishes,