National Library of Estonia
June 13–16

Thursday June 14 2018

  • 12.45–14.30
    BUS TOUR: The Tallinn Seafront and Kalamaja (19–20 Century)

    The Tallinn Seafront is known for its industrial and military complexes built in the 19th and early 20th centuries in order to secure the western part of the Russian Empire. The oldest one is the Patarei fortification complex (1840) that, due to the changed warfare strategy, was never used for its intended purpose and instead served from 1920 to 2002 as a prison. Located next to it are the Seaplane Hangars (by Danish engineering office Christiani & Nielsen, completed 1917) that were the world’s first large-scale reinforced concrete shell structures. The structures were renovated in 2012 and today house the Estonian Maritime Museum. The neighbouring Noblessner Shipyard is one of the three large shipyards in Tallinn that the Russian Empire built in the early 20th century to develop its battle fleet. Right next to the old military harbour area is the Kalamaja district, which was the largest suburb of Tallinn in the 14th century. Most of the dwellings in Kalamaja date from the time of rapid industrial growth in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today, it is one of the best preserved wooden housing areas in Tallinn, with constantly rising real estate prices.