Toompea hill lies on the old medieval town of Tallinn. The Danes built a limestone fort on this hill in the 1500´s.
So what to see there? Well, honestly, we were there on the second to the last day of our fortnight stay in the Baltics – so I was too exhausted to see yet another tourist attraction. But sure, for the sake of my ever-energetic 60-plus year old aunt, we had to exert a little more effort to cope up with her. That woman never tires, not especially in visiting stores! It’s like….we’ve been put on a curse, to cope up with a white-haired turbo-driven shopaholic.
All right, so here’s what we did:
We managed to get in Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (check this separate link: “Russification and onion domes”).
We were also outside the unassuming pastel-colored Toompea Castle. I wouldn’t have thought that this building – that looks like a frilly cake – is home to Estonia’s Parliament. I actually like that something so pink can be so powerful. More power to pink!
We went in the gothic Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin (by Jove, why such a long church name!) Anyway, to remember this church, I would just have to google the oldest church in Estonia. It was built in 1240 by the Danes. My cousin, admired the aristocratic coat of arms hanging on the walls. She told me that she could imagine the medieval nobility going to church there and sitting on the pews. And oh, that tickled my fantasy. The nobility sat up front, for the other lower classes to see. And a good-looking lad steals glances at a pretty lady. It can also be the other way around. The lady using the church as an excuse to see the secret apple of her eyes.
We were also at a viewing platform – where all the other tourists from a whole plane seemed to flock – together with seagulls. No kidding, seagulls mingled with the tourists in viewing the city.
Anyway, on the hill, we met a local band, who asked M to take a picture of them. They were impressed with his huge camera and deduced that he was a professional photographer. They admitted to not having money, since they were just students. We thought it was rather brave of them to just ask a stranger with a big camera to take a pictures of them – so M was generous enough to grant their wish.
As I write this last blog entry about the medieval town on Tallinn, I remember my relatives in Canada – Ate Editha and Kuya Roland. They might just like Tallinn. They are hard core medievalists. If they at one point come and visit Tallinn, I can imagine going there on a weekend to meet them again. And the restaurant, they ought to try the medieval restaurant Olde Hansa (check this link: “Ate a la medieval nobility”)