The town hall square is the heart of the Old Town in Tallinn. And it has for centuries served as a marketplace. These are the things we have seen around the town hall square while we were there summer of 2016.

Mix of medieval and modern day.

Mix of medieval and modern day.

The town hall is from the 14th century. It is Northern Europe’s only surviving Gothic Town, according to Eyewitness Travel. Here’s a link to my blog about ascending the town hall tower. “Atop Tallinn’s town hall”

The town hall in Tallinn.

The town hall in Tallinn. Observe the octagonal tower.

Town Hall Square.

Town Hall Square.

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I just had to see the Town Hall Pharmacy because it is one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe. My cousin is a doctor and my aunt a dentist, so I thought they might find this utterly interesting. The exterior of the building is from the 17th century.

That must mean apothecary,

That must mean apothecary, The snakes intertwined is the symbol for medicine, according to cousin.

In a corner there is a small exhibit of medical instruments and treatments. But there were so many people in the pharmacy, and I don’t know much about medical tools, so I didn’t inch my way aggressively through the crowd. Instead I headed to a vintage boutique, where I also saw cousin and aunt later on. They were checking out on vintage pocket watches for my cousin Yay.

Anyway, according to local legend, marzipan was created by accident there.

I was supposed to ask about spice wine, which was popular in the medieval times. But it slipped my mind.

I was supposed to ask about spice wine, which was popular in the medieval times. But it slipped my mind.

We also went inside the Holy Spirit Church, one of Tallinn’s most beautiful churches. Check this link to see what we saw in the church: “The church with the stepped gable”

We lived near Viru Street, one of the most famous streets in Old Town. It used to be one of city’s fashionable streets. Now it’s a major tourist spot. There are many boutiques here, especially ambers. Did I mention I am crazy about ambers?

Alas Viru Street was under construction when we were on a summer visit.

Alas Viru Street was under construction when we were on a summer visit.

Check this link to see the place where we lived in Tallinn: “Lived in a Unesco world heritage site.”

Cousin found a rooftop restaurant that served very good soup buffet at a very affordable price.

Cousin found a rooftop restaurant that served very good soup buffet at a very affordable price.

We were outside the Great Guild Hall, but were sick and tired of museums to get it. It was owned by a powerful merchant guild and was built in the early 1400’s. It was used as a the guild’s meeting place  and for wedding parties and court sessions. Back in medieval times, trading in Europe was a risky business and it was important to be a part of powerful guild where members vowed brotherhood and loyalty to each other.

Outside the Great Guild Hall.

Outside the Great Guild Hall.

My selfie

My selfie