History

The Danish period (1219 – 1346) lasted more than 120 years in Tallinn and during this period the street network was seized by the city wall, a town hall, guild houses, churches and monasteries, merchandisers and defense buildings were built. In 1248, Tallinn received Lübeck’s urban law, which remained unchanged until the 1880s. The city was finally divided into the Toompea fortress and city law as a sub-city.

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May 30

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11:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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11:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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12:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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12:00

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (12 Müürivahe St.)

The Story of My Song Festival, guided tour of the exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the song festival.
Kaisa Luik
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12:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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13:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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13:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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14:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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14:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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14:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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16:00

Tallinn City Archives (6 Tolli St.)

Workshop of modern codex binding.
The workshop is organized by historian Küllo Arjakas, conservator Sille Feldberg and leather artist Pille Kivihall. (read on)
The workshop is inspired by the original binding of the Lübeck law donated to the city of Tallinn in 1282 by the widowed Danish Queen Margaret and her son King Eric V Klipping, pre-registration linnaarhiiv@tallinnlv.ee. €
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16:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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18:00

Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.)

Excursion The Secrets of Tallinn and the Great Guild.
Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.), Krista Sarv. €
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18:00

Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom (8 Toompea St.)

Curator’s tour of the permanent exhibition
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18:00

Green Market (34 Pikk St.)

Tour Old Town in the Era of Peter the Great.
Gathering at the Green Market (34 Pikk St.), Zurab Jänes. Organised by the Hometown House.

May 31

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11:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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11:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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12:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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12:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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12:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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13:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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13:00

Children's area LAHELA (Snelli Park).

Medieval playground
The play area has been created by the City Museum
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13:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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14:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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14:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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14:00

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (12 Müürivahe St.)

Theatre-themed tour with the writer and dramatist Andrus Kivirähk at the permanent exhibition Stories and Songs.
Pre-registration +372 644 6407 or www.tmm.ee
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14:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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15:00

Hall of St. Canute's Guild (20 Pikk St.),

Open Academy of the Old Town Tallinn 800.
Old Town Days in cooperation with the City Museum.
Presentations by: Erki Russow, Ain Mäesalu, Ivar Leimus, and Toomas Tamla. Moderator Ott Sandrak. Hall of St. Canute’s Guild (20 Pikk St.), pre-registration +372 644 8193 or fienta.com/et/akadeemia.
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16:00

Danish King’s Garden (9 Lühike jalg St.)

Tour of the City Museum – From Stronghold to Town.
Gathering in the Danish King’s Garden (9 Lühike jalg St.), in Estonian.
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17:00

Gathering near the fountain of the Snelli Pond

Views of Tallinn from the Collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, tour in the Old Town with art historian. Gathering near the fountain of the Snelli Pond, in Estonian. Pre-registration +372 6445 838.
Tour through picturesque views of Tallinn Old Town (read more)
Gathering near the fountain of the Snelli Pond. Pre-registration +372 6445 838.
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17:30

Gathering near the fountain of the Snelli Pond

Views of Tallinn from the Collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, tour in the Old Town with art historian, in Russian.
Tour through picturesque views of Tallinn Old Town (read more)
Gathering near the fountain of the Snelli Pond. Pre-registration +372 6445 838.
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17:00

Estonian Health Care Museum (30 Lai St)

Tour Museum Opens Up
Tour to the back of the museum
Estonian Healthcare Museum (30 Lai St.), pre-registration tinyurl.com/tuurid
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17:00

Hopner House (18 Town Hall Square).

Lecture on the history of perfumery, Elina Arsenyeva (St. Petersburg).
Elina Arsenyeva (St. Petersburg)
The smell can soothe or inspire. The scent world has a long and colorful history.
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18:00

Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.)

Tour with Ivar Leimus – Great Guild of Reval – 800 Thalers for Celebrations
Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.), €.
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18:00

Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom (8 Toompea St.)

Curator’s tour of the permanent exhibition
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18:00

Estonian Knighthood House in Toompea

Tour Old Town of the Baltic German Era, in Estonian, Olev Liivik.
Organised by the Hometown House.
Gathering in front of the Estonian Knighthood House in Toompea.
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18:30

Town Hall Square

Count of May tournament and parrot shooting in honour of the 800th anniversary of the town!
Opening ceremony on the Town Hall Square, procession to the bastion of the Small Coastal Gate.
Organised by Ajateater.

June 1

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10:00 – 20:00

Green area of Harju Street

Old Tallinn Cup 2019.
Historical fighting club Nordburg
Sword fighting tournament.
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11:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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11:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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12:00 – 16:00

Children's area LAHELA (Snelli Park).

Workshop The City of Yesterday and Today, panel in intarsia technique showing the views of Tallinn.
Art Museum.
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12:00 – 16:00

Komandandi Garden

Viking camp
It will be possible to see and feel ancient-looking objects, listen to pipe music, participate in workshops, practise archery and javelin throwing and see how authentically equipped warriors battle with each other.
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12:00

Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.)

Children’s programme 800 Versions of Tallinn – Let’s Build and Discover the Layers of Tallinn.
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12:00 – 21:00

Old Town Churches in Tallinn

Full-day journey through the churches of the Old Town with short lectures.
Discover the beauty and life of the churches of the Old Town by going on a comprehensive journey. (read more)
There is a brief lecture and introduction in each church based on the traditions of the church. In each church, the traveller will have the church’s original seal stamped in their traveller’s passport. Those who have collected the seals of all churches will participate in a draw where you can win a valuable scripture by the Estonian Bible Society. At the end of the journey, the participants receive a certificate.
12:00 p.m. Dome Church. Half an Hour with Organ.
1:00 p.m. Adventist Church.
2:00 p.m. St. John’s Church.
3:00 p.m. Swedish St. Michael’s Church.
4:00 p.m. St. Nicholas’ Church.
5:00 p.m. Church of the Holy Spirit. Introduction by Jüri Kuuskemaa.
7:00 p.m. St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church.
8:00 p.m. Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord. Introduction by Jüri Kuuskemaa
9:00 p.m. St. Olaf’s Church. Introduction by Jüri Kuuskemaa, and a concert.
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12:00

Children's area LAHELA (Snelli Park).

Medieval playground
The play area has been created by the City Museum
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12:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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12:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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13:00

Estonian Health Care Museum (30 Lai St)

Tour Museum Opens Up
Tour to the back of the museum
Estonian Healthcare Museum (30 Lai St.), pre-registration tinyurl.com/tuurid
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13:00

Hopner House (18 Town Hall Square).

Lecture on the history of perfumery, Elina Arsenyeva (St. Petersburg).
Elina Arsenyeva (St. Petersburg)
The smell can soothe or inspire. The scent world has a long and colorful history.
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13:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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13:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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14:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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14:00

Danish King’s Garden (9 Lühike jalg St.)

Tour of the City Museum – From Stronghold to Town.
Gathering in the Danish King’s Garden (9 Lühike jalg St.), in Estonian.
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14:00

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (12 Müürivahe St.)

Theatre-themed tour with the actor and folk musician Jaak Johanson at the permanent exhibition Stories and Songs.
Pre-registration +372 644 6407 or www.tmm.ee
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14:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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15:00

Estonian Health Care Museum (30 Lai St)

Guided Tour “Journey to Purity”
An overview of the changes in personal hygiene during the last couple of centuries.
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15:00

Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.)

Tour with Cäroly Anton Building a House.
On the Trails of the Architecture of the Great Guild.
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16:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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17:00

Church of the Holy Spirit (2 Pühavaimu St)

Jüri Kuuskemaa introduces the Church of the Holy Spirit (2 Pühavaimu St.)
in Estonian
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18:00

In front of the City Theater on Laia Street

Tour Old Town in the Swedish Era, Ragnar Nurk, in Estonian.
Gathering in front the City Theatre on Lai Street. Organised by the Hometown House.
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20:00

(14 Suur-Kloostri St.)

Jüri Kuuskemaa introduces the Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (14 Suur-Kloostri St.).
in Estonian.
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21:00

50 Lai St

Jüri Kuuskemaa introduces St. Olaf’s Church (50 Lai St.)
in Estonian

June 2

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11:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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11:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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12:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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12:00

Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.)

Children’s programme 800 Versions of Tallinn – Let’s Build and Discover the Layers of Tallinn.
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12:00 – 19:00

Komandandi Garden

Viking camp
It will be possible to see and feel ancient-looking objects, listen to pipe music, participate in workshops, practise archery and javelin throwing and see how authentically equipped warriors battle with each other.
}

12:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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13:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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13:00

Hopner House (18 Town Hall Square).

Lecture on the history of perfumery, Elina Arsenyeva (St. Petersburg).
Elina Arsenyeva (St. Petersburg)
The smell can soothe or inspire. The scent world has a long and colorful history.
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13:00

Estonian Theatre and Music Museum (12 Müürivahe St.)

The Story of My Song Festival, guided tour of the exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the song festival.
Kaisa Luik
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13:00

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral (10 Lossi Square).

Lecture introducing the traditions and history of the church
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13:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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14:00

Corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.

Reval 800 – The Birth of Reval
Gathering at the corner of the Town Hall Square and Kullassepa Street.
An interactive historical performance. Tales of Reval. Tales will be told at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
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14:00

Dome Church (6 Toom-Kooli St.),

Jüri Kuuskemaa introduces the Dome Church
in Estonian
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14:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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14:30

in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church

Tour Stories from the Town of Reval
Tales of Reval. Tours start at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. in front of the St. Nicholas’ Church.
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15:00

Great Guild Hall of the Estonian History Museum (17 Pikk St.)

800 Years of Historic Passages in Tallinn
Krista Sarv
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16:00

Toompea

Tour of Toompea with Jaak Juske.
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16:00

Sõpruse Cinema (8 Vana-Posti St)

Tour Old Town during the Soviet Period
Boris Dubovik, in Estonian. rus. Organised by the Hometown House.
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16:00

KGB prison cells (1 Pagari St.),

Tour of the permanent exhibition of KGB prison cells
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23:00

Gathering in front of the Hometown House (3 Gümnaasiumi St.)

Tour with Jaak Juske Searching for the Ghosts of Old Town.
The organizer has the right to make changes in the program!

Main organiser

Anne Velt
anne.velt@tallinnlv.ee

Communication

Janne Raavik
janne@vanalinnapaevad.ee

Program

Katrin Valkna
karin@vanalinnapaevad.ee

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