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From our apartment in Tallinn I could see a city wall where people walked on. I just had to see it and walk on it myself. And we did. Then we found out that it is part of Tallinn’s forts, a part of the two kilometer town wall, that is well-preserved. It dates back Middle Ages.
The wall we walked on is called Kanne Wall, one of the oldest sections of the medieval city wall. It was built during the time of the Danish king Valdemar II in the 14th century. (Check out this link for a super short history of Tallinn: “Medieval buildings in Tallinn.”
The name of the builder who led the construction of this part of the wall was Johann Kanne. It took three centuries to work on this wall, according to the information we read on the wall.
Tallinn’s city wall was one of the greatest and strongest defense systems in Northern Europe at the time. Tallinn’s city wall was over two kilometers long, with a total of 45 wall and gate towers. We walked on the longest part of the city wall, which had the Hellemann tower.
The Helleman Tower was built towards the end of the Middle Ages, in the 15th century. It was used to keep ammunition.
We got curious about the medieval catapult and the toilet in the tower. Toilet again?! Why this obsession about toilets?! I can’t help it, my daughter’s in a crazy age where she likes talking about poop and toilets. Ergo, the fascination. Besides, medieval toilets are always interesting.
In this part of the town wall, people could just sit and enjoy the view of the street and rooftops.