Posted by: danielfee | December 28, 2011

Travel Photo of the Day 12-28-2011

Fat Margaret Tower – Tallinn, Estonia

The entrance to Old Town Tallinn is through the archway entry gate which is guarded by the squat Fat Margaret Tower.  Fat Margaret was built between 1511 to 1530 during the reconstruction of the medieval city gate system. It is 82 feet in diameter and 65 feet high. The walls are up to 16 feet thick. The origin of the tower’s name is unknown. In addition to being a fortification against would-be invaders during medieval time, Fat Margaret had been used as a storehouse for gunpowder and weapons and as a prison. Today the Estonian Maritime Museum is located in the Fat Margaret tower. Once inside the gate you will find yourself on Pikk Street which was the medieval merchants main drag leading from the harbor into town

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