I am a street along the edge of the city’s western wall, just like Müürivahe Street on the other side of the city along the eastern defensive wall.
Both of us are defensive passage streets from the middle ages. Narrow, dimly lit, and mysterious. Here and there along our bases run arched niches cut into the wall with sharp-tipped Gothic points. In this way, we are similar to the city wall around Visby on the island of Gotland. It was a good way to conserve a lot of stone without making the wall weaker.
Müürivahe (Wall Gap) street and I have also traded names back and forth. Earlier I was Müüri (Wall) Street (Greman – Mauerstrasse), but in 1872 I gained the name Laboratooriumi Street (Laboratoriumstrasse). The name came from the laboratory of the large cannon grenadiers, where they made gunpowder. Müüri Street was then taken to the other side of town – to Müürivahe Street. (Actually, during the Swedish time I was also called Bastion Street. At that time there were earthworks on the other side of the wall).
I stretch from the north at Tolli and Lai streets down to Aida and Kooli streets at the south end. Müürivahe Street is longer today, but I have much more of the old Gothic atmosphere, which is clear to anyone who visits!