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Skyline #4: Tallinn

Some weeks ago I posted a miniseries of four North-American skylines: San Francisco, New York City and Toronto. Now I start part two of this miniseries that features three skylines of smaller European capitals, that I have visited. Here's the first instalment, taken three years ago in the Estonian capital of Tallinn.

Tallinn (which probably means Danish castle and until 1917 known as Reval) has got about 430,000 inhabitants and is located on the Gulf of Finland, 80km south of Helsinki. A former member of the Hanseatic League, the medieval city centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

This photo was taken from the tower of Oleviste kirik (St Olaf's Church), once the tallest tower (124m) in the world (1549-1625). It offers a view of Toompea hill (Cathedral Hill), the centre of Estonian politics and home of Toomkirik (St Mary's Church, hence the name of the hill). The other church tower is part of Niguliste kirik (St Nicholas' Church).

Hope you like it, two more European skylines to follow..

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