The Tallinn TV Tower: Photos by Stephen Hartshorne

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The Tallinn TV Tower

Photos by Stephen Hartshorne

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Tallinn’s historic TV Tower is a symbol of Estonia’s newly-won independence. Here unarmed civilians faced down Soviet tanks during the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991, and two courageous Estonian policemen prevented Soviet troops from taking control.

The 1,030-foot tower is also a classic relic of the Soviet Era. It was built in the 1970s to televise the sailing events of the 1980 Olympics, which were held in the Bay Tallinn.

The tower is set up as a museum with lots of interactive exhibits and glassed-over holes in the floor to look down to the ground, 558 feet below. There is also a newsroom set where visitors can make their own newscasts.

There are splendid vistas all around and a world-class Brasserie on the observation deck, where we had some more delicious local food, including foie gras, moose stew — a first for me — and a magnificent chocolate dessert, all concocted by Chef Priit Toomits.

The TV Tower in Tallinn, Estonia
The Talinn TV Tower

There are great views of the Bay of Tallinn and the surrounding countryside.
There are great views of the Bay of Tallinn and the surrounding countryside. Kids love looking down to the ground 558 feet below.
Kids love looking down to the ground 558 feet below. Krista Tassa of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce tries her hand at broadcasting in the open studio.
Krista Tassa of the Estonian Chamber of Commerce tries her hand at broadcasting in
the open studio.

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Stephen Hartshorne is the former associate editor of GoNOMAD.com. He writes a blog called ArmchairTravel about books he finds at flea markets and rummage sales. He teaches in local public schools in the Pioneer Valley and lives in Sunderland, Mass.
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