Tiit Veermäe
Before After

Müürivahe wall-gap street wall walkway

(between Tower behind Monks and Helleman Tower)

Beside me, there was a defensive passage along the wall, where the black monks and preachers would mill about during the middle ages, whose teaching was use- ful to the people in several different ways.

The monks were of help in soul care and in getting the Lord’s blessing, but also in arranging very practical things, for instance, if a letter needed to be written, which of course might never have happened for most com- mon people. Later soldiers wandered through here, and to- day, it is tourists browsing the wares of all kinds of traders.

At the beginning of the 19th-century, residential buildings were constructed along the wall, but most were demol- ished during the Soviet times. The Department of Heritage Preservation would never allow that now! But there are some things that have been preserved, but in general, the prevailing wish is to display the mystical, Gothic, sharp- tipped arches of the niches in the city wall. A lot of stone was conserved in the building of the wall thanks to those niches, and on the other side of the wall, the enemy couldn’t see that the wall was not as thick in some places.