April 16: Tallinn – Oleviste kirik 1
First we made our way by an odd jumble of buildings at the port and to Oleviste kirik (St. Olaf's Church) in the old city.
A curious mini-Brutalist block.
A rather pleasant stone-and-wood mix...
And then, an old-style wooden building, reminiscent of old Finnish town architecture; also, a 900; also, a funny license plate.
I've never seen this particular sort of detailing before. It's kind of ridiculous, but I appreciate the thoroughness with which it was explored, such as in the multi-level, extra-deep protrusions on the front end of the building.
Nicely battered wall.
The city wall.
A mysterious quasi-classical façade.
Now into the Vanalinn, the old town.
The tower of Oleviste kirik.
The side of the vestibule has quite a high ceiling...
but not as high as the center of the vestibule, which extends far up into the tower.
Arch through a wall of apparently incredible depth.
We took an arduous climb up stairs to a lookout around the perimeter of the spire.
The vertigo-inducing view up to the tip of the spire.
Looking back to the harbor.
Fortunately for one's sense of security, there was this thorough cable-and-screen enclosure.
A meeting of Vanalinn and a newer part of town.
Looking nearly straight down, cold checkin' out the courtyard.
The bulk of the rest of the church.
A serpentine street, with some roof construction happening to the lower left.
Multi additional churches, the Russian Orthodox church in the center; you can see from the cliff under the buildings before the Orthodox church that they are part of the highest-up, oldest part of Vanalinn, called Toompea.