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Fat Margaret (Paks Margareeta)

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Address: Tallinn, Estonia
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+372 641 1408

This round, low cannon tower served many purposes in the past such as a...

This round, low cannon tower served many purposes in the past such as a storehouse, barracks and prison; today, it houses the Maritime Museum that chronicles the history of the shipping and fishing industry in Estonia.

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Immense Tower protecting a city gate

29th January 2017. Part of the Maritime Museum is in the Tower, although we did not go in, just admired its sheer bulk from the outside. It's next to a city gate so I assume it... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
John M
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you visit the Seaplane Harbour first you can get a combined ticket to enter here as well for just a small extra charge. A little gem of a museum with some viking treasure and maritime exhibits. Nice views from the roof as well.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located at the northern tip of the old town, is this very large in girth tower, definitely worth the walk to see, a gate and two more towers ajoined it (excellent photos to be had). Epping tower and towers square is just a short walk from here. The story goes the tower got its name from a rather large cannon... More 

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Slough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

has a naval history museum inside,covering the Royal Navy,not much else to see or do here,just admire the tower...

Thank dave m
Monmouth, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

29th January 2017. Part of the Maritime Museum is in the Tower, although we did not go in, just admired its sheer bulk from the outside. It's next to a city gate so I assume it was there to defend this entrance. Worth the short walk from the Old Town centre - you'll also see the extent of the Town... More 

Thank John M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I had read about this building, most famous for its name, so had to see it. It is huge. What is more impressive is the ancient gates/entrance to the city which is next to it and which you go through to get into the main historic part of the city.

Thank ScottishTemplar
Evanston, Illinois
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

This Building (Fat Margaret Tower) house the Maritime Museum of Estonia. It was built in the early 16th century.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Tallin Old town is encircled with splendid and great preserved medieval city walls. While you enter them through magnificent southern Viru gates, you can walk the entire area and go out through this massive, Fat Margaret gate on the northern, Sea side. The tower houses a part of the Estonian maritime museum (see that review).

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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Nice hostel with very helpful staff. They have what a hostel should have and it is well situated near the old town of Tallinn

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Edmonton, Canada
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Reviewed 20 October 2016

Fat Margaret is the building; impressive as a bastion and one of the landmark entrances to Tallinn Old Town. But, from the outside, it only gets a rating of 2/5. There is a nice gate with crest that a lot of people get their picture taken with and then proceed up the long street into the Old Town. Fat Margaret... More 

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Juankoski, Finland
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Fat Margaret belongs to Estonian Maritime Museum and is located in the old town of Tallinn. I read from the newspaper at my hometown (in Finland) that there is an exhibition from Viking era. So we decided to visit it when staying in Tallinn. Fat Margaret had really much more to see than you could anticipate from outside. It had... More 

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