A narrow street which runs just inside the seaward walls, not over-visited, not on the main tour group paths.....rather run-down in parts, and very atmospheric.
And along Laboratooriumi is a teeny-tiny church in a very obviously Medieval building.
It's onlt been a church for a few years, being acquired by the Ukrainian-Greek Orthodox Catholic community in (I think) 1991.
I didn't go in because it is only open from Tues - Sat 12 - 1pm, Sunday 10 - 1, but was fascinated by the age of the building and by the tiny slot through which you can post requests for prayer: there is a small sisterhood of nuns attached to the church
If you are passing whe the church is open, it would be an interesting place to visit. their website is not in English, but gives an idea of what may be found inside..
Lasnamae is probably not somewhere you actually want to visit, but taking a drive through (maybe as part as a tour) or perhaps just going on the bus there and back really does give an insight into how Estnia once was.
It was built during the Soviet era, to house workers (Russian, I believe, though may be wrong) and it really does epitomise the blocky functionality of that regime's architecture.
On my tour, I noted that it looked very much like the worst type of UK council housing estate and, apparently, this is a common comment. Lasnamae is not an architectural surprise to Brits. Sadly.
Equally sadly, the money ran out (or the regime began to totter) before the infrastructure was fully in place. So there are, for example, places built with the intention of being tram-termini which just never happened (see photos).
It's another side of the city, and one of which it is worth being aware. Living in Tallinn has not been about cobbles and gables and towers for the majority of the population for the majority of centuries.
Well, I'm sure the architect was pleased with it.
And, I suppose, in its own way it is a strangely pleasing building. I think, perhaps, the supports are supposed to remind one of trees?
I have no idea what it is, or who built it, or why. But It did rather stand out amongst all the other, more 'normal' buildings on Parnu Mnt.
So if you are wandering in that area, perhaps you could have a look and decide whether you think it 'fits' or not? It's along Parnu Mnt, to the south of St John's Church (Jaani Kirik).
I only found this church because it was directly opposite my monstrosity of a hotel.
Sadly, it wasn't open whilst I was around.
The Church of Our Lady of Kazan (Kasaani Kirik) is the oldest wooden church still standing in Tallinn, dating back to 1721. It's a Russian Orthodox church, and holds services at weekends.
It's a lovely building, now set right up against a busy main road.
This is Tallinn art school located just in the centre of the city. Not looking very impressive in such modern building, we usually used to see some old classic building of such schools in Europe, but I guess, as a small re independent country, this is a good start.
Have a look at a few sidestreets and alleyways in the Old Town, where the buildings aren't as restored as on the main touristic routes. There are still lots of interesting uninhabited buildings in decay (see photo). You will get a feeling how Tallinn looked like before the tourists came ...
the peeping tom building took its name from a bachelor pharmacist who lived here and used to peep in on the daughters of the family across the way.
see on the photo,his stone face spiing out from top left of the facade!
this is an example among others houses in this interesting street.
As always, it really does pay to look up in Tallinn. There are so many small details which are so easily missed, like those in my photos.
I always arrive to Tallinn by ferry and from the harbour to the old city it is only few minutes walking, here it is on a nice winter day, I was just walking through this city gate.
As I wrote here thousand times, I just walk and walk all over the small streets on this old town, and I never got tired. Just be sure that you have good shoes with you.