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Old October 12th, 2013, 07:35 PM   #41
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KADRIORG NEIGHBOURHOOD, RESIDENTIAL AREA:

Kadriorg is a subdistrict of Kesklinn and means "Catherine's valley". During my visit to the Kadriorg Palace and Park and the KUMU art museum I strolled around the neighbourhood to get a look of an Estonian residential area. There are many wooden houses in the neighbourhood, unfortunately many of them felt into disrepair during the Russian period, but many of them have also been refurbished.


A very rundown wooden house, but with nice architecture, for sale.





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Old October 14th, 2013, 01:23 AM   #42
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A. Weizenbergi street, where the tram stops.

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Old October 15th, 2013, 01:38 AM   #43
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I get the feeling that this area would be delightful on a sunny day. Lots of colours.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #44
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Yes, but this day it was grey unfortunately. But nice the other two days.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 04:14 PM   #45
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KUMU
ESTONIAN ART MUSEUM

This large, modern and recently built Estonian art museum KUMU is situated right next to the Kadriorg Park. It is the main building of Art Museum of Estonia, that is focused on Estonian art, and the largest museum in the Baltics. The building was completed in 2006 and was designed by the Finnish architect Pekka Vaapavuori. It has a striking design with sharp angles, integrating with the surrounding greenery in the park. It has permanent and temporary exhibitions, a contemporary art gallery, an auditorium and educational activities. The permanent part of the museum shows Estonian art from the 18th century to the 1990s. In 2008 it received the "Museum of the year" award. It was perfect to visit this museum this rainy Saturday.










The futuristic atrium in KUMU museum. Significant are the sweeping curvy shapes, the glass roof and the skybridges.












The room of portraits from above


Skyline of the city center seen from KUMU.

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Old October 31st, 2013, 08:16 PM   #46
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KIEK IN DE KÖK AND BASTION TUNNELS:

I participated in a guided tour to the part of the historic city wall fortification that is open to public, the famous Kiek in de Kök artillery tower from 1475 and the spooky bastion tunnels. It is located on and beneath Tompea Hill in the Old Town. Kiek in de Kök is a German nickname for towers that are part of town fortifications, and literally means "peep into the kitchen", because the tower occupants could actually look into the kitchens of nearby apartments. Tallinn's Kiek in de Kök is 38m high and has 4m thick walls. Today it serves as a museum and a photographic gallery.

Part of the museum is the bastion tunnels, that where built during the Swedish rule in the 1600s. There you can go on a guided tour in narrow, dark and damp passages inside the city wall fortification. Along the tour, where you walk in the passages and downwards on narrow stairs, the guide tells the history about the bastion with dolls, flags and films and even a small "train" going downwards while showing a film about Tallinn's architecture and history. The tour lasted about 2.5 hours and is one of the most interesting tourist attractions I have ever been to. The bastion has served many functions; prison, escape for punks, war/bomb shelter, shelter for the homeless, museum.

KIEK IN DE KÖK:


Kiek in de Kök (far right) and other city wall towers that are part of the town fortification.









INSIDE THE BASTION TUNNELS:


This small " train" takes you downwards slowly while showing a film on small TV displays about Tallinn's history and architecture. Very interesting!


In the 80s, the Estonian punks escaped from the Soviet regime into the bastion






Swedish soldiers built the bastion with Estonian slaves!









VIEWS FROM KIEK IN DE KÖK:













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Old October 31st, 2013, 09:37 PM   #47
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There are many wooden houses in the neighbourhood, unfortunately many of them felt into disrepair during the Russian period.
My kind of place! Let's hope they don't get demolished or disneyfied!
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Old October 31st, 2013, 09:39 PM   #48
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Great, very nice new photos from Tallinn
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 11:56 PM   #49
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Thanks! I think and I have seen that many of the wooden houses have been refurbished...not disneyfied though
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Old November 4th, 2013, 12:05 AM   #50
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The wooden house districts (Kadriorg, Kalamaja, Pelgulinn) are mainly residential areas so there's less danger of them being disneyfied. A lot of new buildings have been built in the last 15 years, though. Whether that ruins the atmosphere of these areas or not is debatable.
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Old November 4th, 2013, 12:12 AM   #51
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Looks like a pleasant city.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 05:40 PM   #52
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And finally, some skyline pictures:





















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