We had been walking around the Lower Town for several hours when we came upon Oleviste Church. We hadn’t read much about it but were hoping to go up in the tower. It was just going to open (10AM) so in we went. The cost was 2 euros and up the staircase we went. 195 feet and 258 steps later we were out on the narrow viewing platform with the most incredible 360° view of Tallinn. There is only one way up and the same way down so you will be passing people going the other direction in a very narrow staircase. The stone steps are steep and can be very slippery so make sure you have shoes with good traction. If you are at all afraid of heights or close spaces this is not for you. You also should be in pretty good physical condition as the climb is very strenuous and there are very few places to stop and rest. If you make it all the way to the top the reward is worth the effort. The interior of the church is unremarkable but still worth seeing.
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