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The photo shows two towers and part of the town wall of Tallinn seen from Toompea hill. A dull winter day. A summer view sure would be more attractive, but the absence of leaves at least allows one to see more of ther towers from this POV. ;-)

Medieval forts, which first appeared during the early development of the medieval city in the latter 13th century, surrounded the downtown to create a closed defense zone. Constant additions and improvements meant that, by the 16th century, Tallinn boasted one of the most powerful and strongest defense systems in Northern Europe. The town wall was then 3m thick and 16m high, stretching 4km around the city, and connecting 46 defense towers. Today, 2km of the original wall and 26 of the towers remain intact.

The tower on the right, "Kiek in de Kk", stands separate from the walls and was once the largest cannon tower in the Baltic States. It was built in the late 15th century. The Russians actually managed to blast a large hole into the tower, but it still kept on fighting. The name Kiek in de Kk means "Peep into the kitchen", because the cannon tower was so high that it was possible for the guards to see into the kitchens of the neighboring houses. Kiek in de Kk is 38 meters high, the diameter is 17 meters and the wall thickness is 4 meters. It has been restored to its 17th century appearance. Nowadays it痴 a museum. There are also 6 cannonballs dating back to the war of Livonia exhibited in the wall on one side. The tower has 6 storeys and 27 shooting-holes.

The tower on the left is called "Neitsitorn" (The Virgin Tower). It was used in the Middle Ages as a prison for prostitutes. Neitsitorn was built in the second half of the 14th century, together with the city wall. It has suffered under attacks many times through its history, and has been rebuilt several times. Today, it is used as a cafe with a grand view over the Old Town and downtown area.

In WS you can see another view of the same towers with one of the beautiful houses of the Toompea hill on the left.

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