Viru Gates
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Viru Gates were built in the 14thC, and the towers still standing today are only a part of the original structure. Viru Gates are located in the eastern section of the town wall. The main tower of the gates was built in its initial form in 1345-1355. Today, Viru Gates are one of the entrances into the Old Town leading to numerous shops and restaurants in Viru Street.
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  • LostInTime
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania11,845 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great gates
    I love stuff like this. The old city gates are mostly still there. It looks like they blasted a hole in the middle at some point for the road. But you can still set the scene in your mind. Very cool.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 12 June 2023
  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, California8,574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The symbol of Tallinn
    Viru Gate is two of the best preserved of the towers that once protected the city of Tallinn. Today, the two towers have become the symbol of Tallinn Old Town. When you first enter the Old Town through the gate, it makes you feel as though you have stepped back in time.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Ben White
    Northampton, United Kingdom1,712 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    ‘They have an informative board, detailing the history behind the gate.’
    Nice area in central Tallinn which gives you a insight of what the old city walls would’ve looked like ‘back in the day.’ They have an informative board, detailing the history behind the gate. It’s an excellent meeting spot, as there’s a lot of bars and restaurant surrounding the area as well as a flower market outside the city gate. Overall, the two towers are rather fascinating as they provide the entrance to one of the most popular pedestrianised streets in Tallinn.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • chrissieb94
    Dorset, United Kingdom2,098 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Welcoming Entrance
    The Viru Gate formed part of the defences of Old Tallinn and was built in the 14th century. The main tower was square and the barbicans had smaller round towers. Today it is a wide and welcoming entrance to the Old Town. There are market stalls nearby and tourist attractions. The tram stops near here too. It certainly provides a welcome!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gothic entrance to a medieval town
    The Viru gate is the first thing you will see before you enter into the streets of the Old town. What usually happens is most people take photographs of it because it is not only a piece of history still standing strong but it is also majestic and a work of art. Viru gate dates back to the 14th century. It was built as a protective barrier during the ages when the city was under attack. The walls are gone but the gate still stand strong and resilient. It was nicely decorated during the holidays and was a welcoming sight.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 September 2023
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CPaM68
Texas669 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The Viru Gate is the most historical and interesting entrance into the Old Town. It is also the site of Tallinn’s two best-preserved stone towers. The towers are what’s left of the gates, which were part of the defense system of the city and date from the 14th century. At that time, Tallinn reportedly was the most fortified city in all of Europe. Originally, there were a total of forty-five towers built into the walls that protected Tallinn. Twenty-six of those still remain, but these two are the best preserved. Part of the gate was pulled down in 1880, in order to make room for a wider street. There is an information board, detailing the history behind the gate. There are a lot of bars and restaurants in the immediate area and from here you are only a few hundred yards from the old town square. Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site lauded as an “exceptionally complete and well-preserved” medieval city and the gates are certainly worth a visit. (PaM)
Written 11 March 2024
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel39,614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
These are fantastic ancient gates to the old town.
They provide a fantastic photo-op and provide a castle-like atmosphere to the old town's entrance.
Written 25 October 2023
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Richard S
Ashington, UK723 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A good starting point to visiting the old town as easy to get to logistically if using a taxi.

One of the best parts of the city wall to take photos and a must see.
Written 20 September 2023
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Coryy20
Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
The Viru gate is the first thing you will see before you enter into the streets of the Old town. What usually happens is most people take photographs of it because it is not only a piece of history still standing strong but it is also majestic and a work of art.

Viru gate dates back to the 14th century. It was built as a protective barrier during the ages when the city was under attack. The walls are gone but the gate still stand strong and resilient. It was nicely decorated during the holidays and was a welcoming sight.
Written 2 September 2023
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chrissieb94
Dorset, UK2,098 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Viru Gate formed part of the defences of Old Tallinn and was built in the 14th century. The main tower was square and the barbicans had smaller round towers. Today it is a wide and welcoming entrance to the Old Town. There are market stalls nearby and tourist attractions. The tram stops near here too. It certainly provides a welcome!
Written 24 August 2023
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Ben White
Northampton, UK1,712 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Nice area in central Tallinn which gives you a insight of what the old city walls would’ve looked like ‘back in the day.’ They have an informative board, detailing the history behind the gate.
It’s an excellent meeting spot, as there’s a lot of bars and restaurant surrounding the area as well as a flower market outside the city gate.
Overall, the two towers are rather fascinating as they provide the entrance to one of the most popular pedestrianised streets in Tallinn.
Written 4 August 2023
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Merrowmum
Guildford, UK1,325 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
The towers are all that is left of what was originally a much larger gate structure, but they remind you of the past and are still attractive. There is a lovely flower market just on the other side.
Written 27 July 2023
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doctorfoxtrot
Taguig City, Philippines8,193 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
For several centuries this had stood as marker entrance going to the economic zone , the Old Town of Tallinn. Nice to take photos which serve as a reminder of how it used to be several hundred years ago.
Written 21 July 2023
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Janka K
Brno, Czech Republic6,367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
It's almost like this place would be defining my memories of Tallinn. Working as the gate to the historical part, it's surely monumental and worth of taking a picture with.
Written 5 July 2023
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Viru Gate is two of the best preserved of the towers that once protected the city of Tallinn.

Today, the two towers have become the symbol of Tallinn Old Town. When you first enter the Old Town through the gate, it makes you feel as though you have stepped back in time.
Written 2 July 2023
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