The Old City and its Walls
Welcome to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, the most
northern of the three Baltic States. Above is a view
of old Tallinn, whose city walls are remarkably
intact. Certain towers have been given fun names.
Tallinn's city walls have a very authentic appearance, but the
towers use varied designs. That led to the unusual names.
The original concept had to be Tallinn's need for stout
defense. That word must have the same two meanings in
Estonian as with English. From "stout", meaning "strong",
we move to "fat". This is how I explain "Fat Margaret",
built in the 16th century, the bastion that protected Tallinn's
medieval entrance. Stout defense for certain.
Fat Margaret had a very great responsibility, guarding the
main gate on her right. If you enter that gate today, a meal
is available at the Fat Margaret Cafe.
Older than Fat Margaret, this 15th century tower was given
another tricky name. "Kiek-in-de-Kok", translated from
Estonian, means "Peep into the Kitchen". Soldiers stationed
here, on high ground, could watch for enemies outside the
walls. But looking down upon Tallinn, the troops could also
see everything going on in the town, peeping into houses. On
the next page is a view of Tallinn from Kiek-in-de-Kok.
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