Right after chasing the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland, I took a ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn to cover the ESN Sea Battle (aftermovie coming soon). Maybe some of you were lucky enough to take part in this big event, but for those who don’t know it yet, check my other post with the aftermovie I made and more info.
Concerning the city itself, I really enjoyed its “intoxicating mix of ancient church spires, glass skyscrapers, baroque palaces, appealing eateries, brooding battlements, shiny shopping malls, rundown wooden houses and cafes set on sunny squares – with a few Soviet throwbacks in the mix, for added spice” (as the Lonely Planet describes it).
But if I had to chose only one sight, I would probably recommend Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral. The positioning of this magnificent, onion-domed Russian Orthodox cathedral (completed in 1900) at the heart of the country’s main administrative hub was no accident: the church was one of many built in the last part of the 19th century as part of a general wave of Russification in the empire’s Baltic provinces. Orthodox believers come here in droves, alongside tourists ogling the interior’s striking icons and frescoes. Quiet, respectful, demurely dressed visitors are welcome but cameras aren’t.