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Tiit Veermäe
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Epping Tower

I also was built in the 1370s, when the city experienced one of the fastest and most extensive tower- building booms in its history, during which at least a dozen defensive towers were built.

It was a time of upheaval in the territory of Livonia and danger was in the air, even though the Hanseatic town of Reval just kept growing and gaining in wealth. My current name comes from the overseer of my construc- tion, city master Tideman Eppinci (Thiderico Eppingh), al- though in the 15th century I was called the Tower behind the Parsonage of St. Olaf’s (thorn achter sunte Olaues wedeme). I achieved my full height, over 20 metres high with six storeys, in 1530. That was how I stayed through- out the 18th century when I was used for gunpowder storage, just like many other towers. In the second half of the 19th century, my interior was demolished. During the Estonian SSR time, the furnace for the KGB and the Ministry of the Interior was here, and an interesting thing about that- it’s said that the furnace was used for burn- ing “unneeded” documents. Maybe also documents that they didn’t want to see the light of day? During the Soviet time, reinforced concrete was used to build sturdy floors. In 2005 I was buffed up again and since then I have been used for all manner of exhibitions and cultural events. There has also been an exhibit about medieval walls here.

Construction history. Built around 1370, expanded around 1400 and 1510. The initial tower had a horseshoe-shaped main layout with three floors and a height of 11m. In the second phase of construction, two new defensive floors

were built. By 1520 the tower was 22.5 m high and had six floors. To this day the two new defensive storeys built on the upper part of the tower and connected with wall stairs are preserved.