Tallinn  Estonia


In 1919, William Henry Beable's Russian Gazetteer and Guide described Tallinn like this:

Reval, one of the principal Baltic Ports, in the province of Esthonia, about 250 miles west of Petrograd. Its normal population of over 130,000 consisted of about one-half Esthonian and one-third Germans. It is the seat of a branch Board of the Admiralty and of the administration of the Baltic lighthouses. ...

Its port, which is one of the most important in Russia, has a depth of from four to six fathoms, and a roadstead 3½ miles wide, which freezes every winter. A large number of foreign and coasting vessels trade from the port. Grain, timber, flax and hemp are exported to the value of five million pounds, while the imports of cotton manufactured goods and machinery are still larger. The town, which is more mediaeval in appearance than any other town in the Baltic Provinces, is divided into three parts: the upper town or "Dom," the lower town and the suburbs. The lower town, or town proper, is the seat of the merchants and municipal authorities, and is surrounded by promenades, the old bastions and a tower wall dating from the 14th century. The factories are mostly in the suburbs. The City Hall, a Gothic building 500 years old, has some interesting antiques and carvings. The 13th century Cathedral "Domkirche," is well worth a visit, as are also the Church of St. Nicholas, the Hall of the Blackheads (founded in the 14th century by foreign merchants) and the Olai Kirche.
Hotels : Petrograd, Golden Lion, Hotel du Nord.
British Vice-Consul: W. Gerard.

The location is that given by GeoNames.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tallinn, in and Estonia | Map and description, A Vision of Europe through Time.


Date accessed: 04th July 2020

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