We walked up southwest of the old town in the direction of Toompea hill, where the Danes erected a stone castlee. The hill is said to have changed hands many times over the centuries, but it still remains enclosed in the impressive limestone fortifications said to have been built during the Livonian War (1558-82).
The centre of the Toompea square is dominated by the Neo- Bizantine Alexander Nevski Cathedral, Tallinns's most grandiose Russian Orthodox Cathedral built between 1894 and 1900 under the orders of Tsar Alexander III. We couldn't visit it because it was closed and there was no indication as to its opening hours.
The Cathedral of St. Mary the Virgin commonly referred to as Dome Church standing close by was also closed so we just managed to photograph its Gothic exterior, which is said to date from the 14th century.
We strolled around the Commandant's garden to photograph some of the 46 original fortification towers and get a better overall view of the Nevski Cathedral.
(To be continued)