Medieval Old Tallinn, Viru street
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Medieval Old Tallinn, Viru street

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A: Medieval Old Tallinn, Viru street

by Andrew Bodrov, 40 meters away

Medieval Old Tallinn, Viru street

B: Viru gate

by Min Heo, 50 meters away

Viru gate

D: The House of Estonian Puppetry Arts

by Andrew Bodrov, 110 meters away

The House of Estonian Puppetry Arts

E: Blowing shop, Katariina str.

by Andrew Bodrov, 120 meters away

Blowing shop, Katariina str.

F: Medieval Old Tallinn, Katariina str.

by Andrew Bodrov, 120 meters away

Medieval Old Tallinn, Katariina str.

G: St.Katherine's passage

by Min Heo, 130 meters away

St.Katherine's passage

H: Ichthus (Art studio in former Monastery)

by Андрей Гр, 150 meters away

Ichthus (Art studio in former Monastery)

I: Estonian Street Workout Championship 2014

by Andrew Bodrov, 150 meters away

Estonian Street Workout Championship 2014

J: Old Dominican Monastery Claustrum

by Allan Der, 150 meters away

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

Old Dominican Monastery Claustrum

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