Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tallinn, Estonia

Estonia is a small country with a long history of being taken over by various countries. Estonia finally gained its independence from Soviet Russia in 1991 and has been independent since. Because of its location on the Gulf of Finland, there are also German, Swedish & Danish influences here. We visited the capital city of Tallinn.

We had a nice tour of the city including a 90-minute walking tour in Old Town, wtih a charming mixture of old & new buildings. Above is the Parliment Building, and in the background you can see the bricks of a much older structure.

The streets were cobblestones and very narrow!

We visited the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which is a Russian Orthodox Cathedral built in the late 1800s. It had the typical "onion" domes. The largest dome represents the sun, and the others represent the stars. It was breathtakingly beautiful inside--an all gold altar and many golden icons which is the Russian style. I remember years ago visiting a church in Sitka, Alaska that had much the same look.

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