Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, which is a European country. Tallinn is a unique city combining the pristine beauty of medieval architecture with modern buildings and well-developed infrastructure. Tallinn is a multinational city where different nationalities share one single home. There are many monuments of both Estonian and Russian history and culture. Thus, you can get acquainted with different cultures without the need to leave the country. In 1997, Tallinn's historical part – the Old Town – was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Tallinn has a unique spirit of antiquity which distinguishes it from other capital cities in Northern Europe where this spirit is already lost. One of the city’s famous attractions is Kadriorg Art Museum. A visit to Tallinn will not be complete without visiting a magnificent Baroque palace that Peter I built for his wife, Catherine I, at the beginning of the 18th century. An equally important reason for visiting Kadriorg Palace is its extensive collection which contains Western European and Russian paintings and sculptures.
Another interesting attraction is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the largest and grandest orthodox cupola cathedral in Tallinn. The large and richly-decorated Orthodox church was built on the hill of Toompea between 1894 and 1900 when the country was a part of the Russian Empire.
One more attraction worth visiting is Tallinn’s Russian Theatre, which became 60 years old in 2008. The theatre troupe includes the graduates of various theatre schools, such as the Moscow Theatre Art School, RATI, Saint-Petersburg Academy of Dramatic Art (LGITMiK), B.V. Shchukin Higher Theatre School, etc.
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In 1997, Tallinn’s historical part – the Old Town – was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List.
The beginning of the 15th till the middle of the 16th century is known as the golden age of Tallinn. The city belonged to the Hanseatic League and played an important role in the Baltic Sea region. Tallinn used to be a hanseatic city trading not only with neighbor countries but also with the Arabs and Byzantines. The economic blooming of those times has contributed not only to substantive consolidation of city limits, but also created all necessary pre-conditions for the creation of architectural and artistic values.
Nowadays, Tallinn is considered to be one of the most perfectly preserved medieval cities in Europe. Tallinn town wall was one of the greatest defense-systems in northern Europe. Its eldest remains belong to the XIII century. Due to the powerful fortification, the Old Town was not badly damaged and remained protected during the attacks of enemies. The stone houses which were mostly built there survived the flames of fire.
Today, the most important administrative and sacred buildings of the Old Town, which once belonged to noble citizens and merchants, still retain their original medieval looks and form having successfully survived centuries.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
This spectacular, onion-domed structure perched atop Toompea Hill is Estonia's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. It's also by far the grandest, most opulent Orthodox church in Tallinn.
Built in 1900, when Estonia was part of the tsarist Russian empire, the cathedral was originally intended as a symbol of the empire's dominance – both religious and political – over this increasingly unruly Baltic territory.
The cathedral was dedicated to the Prince of Novgorod, Alexander Yaroslavich Nevsky, who led the famous Battle of the Ice at Lake Peipsi in 1242, which halted the German crusaders' eastward advance. It was deliberately placed in this prominent location right in front of Toompea Castle, on the same spot where a statue of Martin Luther had previously stood.
Now with the controversy long since faded, what's left is simply an architectural masterpiece. Designed by respected St. Petersburg architect Mikhail Preobrazhenski, the church is richly decorated in a mixed historicist style. The interior, filled with mosaics and icons, is well worth a visit.
The church's towers hold Tallinn's most powerful church bell ensemble, consisting of 11 bells, including the largest in Tallinn, weighing 15 tonnes. You can hear the entire ensemble playing before each service.
The formation of Kadriorg seaside region was influenced by the traditions of Russian royal court and the local nobility. The characteristic architectural feature of this period is wooden houses which show the past wealth of this district.
Walking through the streets of Kadriorg, you will find yourself in an open-air architectural museum where different streamlines and styles of architecture are intermixed.
Beside inexpensive wooden houses typical for Estonia you can see luxurious noble villas, summer estates and buildings of Functionalist style.
Nowadays, Kadriorg is one of the most prestigious districts of Tallinn. Here are located the residence of the President of the Republic of Estonia and numerous embassies. Kadriorg Park has always been popular with Tallinn dwellers as a great place for family entertainment.
Kadriorg with its park ensemble is primarily known as Baroque style palace. The construction of Kadriorg Palace, which Peter I planned to use as a summer residence for his royal family, began in 1718.
Russian Theatre of Estonia
In December 2008, Russian Theatre turned 60 years old. The creative troupe of the theatre consists of a constellation of talented actors. The troupe was formed from the graduates of various theatre schools, such as the Moscow Theatre Art School, RATI, Saint-Petersburg Academy of Dramatic Art (LGITMiK), B.V. Shchukin-Higher Theatre School, etc. The experienced actors many of whom have dedicated all their life to the Russian Theatre won the audience’s love and recognition.
The building which houses the Russian Theatre is located in Vabaduse Square in the vicinity of the Old Town. It is one of Tallinn’s most distinguished architectural monuments. The luxurious theatre building was built in 1926, and in 1948 it housed the State Russian Drama Theatre, later renamed as the Russian Theatre of Estonia.
Today, this theatre building is considered to be one of the most beautiful theatre buildings in Scandinavia.