|UNESCO #822 - Tallinn (Aerial View) - ESTONIA|
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Tallinn - ESTONIA - UNESCO #822
The last entry on this blog was from a official card from Estonia sent by Hellen. Well, she sent it in a envelope and inside, along with the official card I found this amazing vintage soviet card showing a aerial view of the center of Tallinn (capital city of Estonia and a UNESCO WHS) in a special edition for the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. Thank you very much Hellen, this was a really wonderful surprise - I love vintage cards! Well, without expecting, my collection rose to 72 sites, 909 to go. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
The origins of Tallinn date back to the 13th century, when a castle was built there by the crusading knights of the Teutonic Order. It developed as a major centre of the Hanseatic League, and its wealth is demonstrated by the opulence of the public buildings (the churches in particular) and the domestic architecture of the merchants' houses, which have survived to a remarkable degree despite the ravages of fire and war in the intervening centuries.