Medieval Old Tallinn, Vene str.
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Medieval Old Tallinn, Vene str.

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A: Old Dominican Monastery Claustrum

by Allan Der, 100 meters away

Medeval monastery in Tallinn, Estonia and founded in 1246. Pictured here is the Claustrum (Clausure) ...

Old Dominican Monastery Claustrum

B: Ichthus (Art studio in former Monastery)

by Андрей Гр, 110 meters away

Ichthus (Art studio in former Monastery)

C: St.Katherine's passage

by Min Heo, 130 meters away

St.Katherine's passage

D: Medieval Old Tallinn, Katariina str.

by Andrew Bodrov, 140 meters away

Medieval Old Tallinn, Katariina str.

E: Blowing shop, Katariina str.

by Andrew Bodrov, 150 meters away

Blowing shop, Katariina str.

F: The House of Estonian Puppetry Arts

by Andrew Bodrov, 150 meters away

The House of Estonian Puppetry Arts

H: Church of the Holy Spirit

by Андрей Гр, 190 meters away

Church of the Holy Spirit

I: Old Tallinn

by Vladimir Petrov, 190 meters away

Old Tallinn

J: Medieval Old Tallinn, Saiakang street

by Andrew Bodrov, 210 meters away

Medieval Old Tallinn, Saiakang street

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