Tallinn Town Hall
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Tallinn's original Town Hall was established sometime in the 13th Century, and was replaced by the current Gothic monument, hewn from limestone, in 1402-1404. The Hall served its function as the home of the city administration for an incredible 700 years, right up until 1970. Today it's open to visitors (from 10:00-16:00 in July and August, and by appointment during the rest of the year), and it also serves as an official reception hall for visiting dignitaries. It remains an incredible building inside and out. From within, admire vaulted roofs and brightly decorated colonnades, from outside marvel at the slender tower, topped with Renaissance spire (added in 1627), reaching 64m towards the ether. Incidentally, the moustachioed weather vane on top is the symbolic guardian of the city - Vana Toomas!
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