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Tiit Veermäe
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Ropehill Tower

As a tower with the kind of horseshoe shape that is typical to the city, I have been around since the 1360s, although I was not named the Tower behind Köismäe until over a century later.

The German name Reeperbahn does not actually refer to an area of brothels as in the city of Hamburg, but rather to the rope-twisting workshops of Reval. The Ropehill foundation was between the old town and Kalamaja (Fish-house).

Like most of my tower neighbours here between Laboratoo- riumi street and Towers’ Square, I am also well-preserved and still in use today. But the little Lippe Tower which was next to me was permanently removed in 1933 when the wall was breached to create a gate leading to Aida Street. In the place between myself and Plate Tower on Suurtüki Street, the old wall was simply torn down a hundred years ago. It could very well have gone the same way here as it did for the Convent Gate! Throughout my long history, I have belonged to the military or the Ministry of the Interior. But it’s nice that I have become a theatre tower nowadays. The City Theatre performs here, and other companies have per- formed here as well.

Construction history. Built for defence on the northeast corner of the wall’s western part in the 1360s, initially 13.3 m high and with 3 storeys. Reconstructed between 1436-1437, when the outer walls were thickened and its height was raised to 16 m tall. Its current 5 floors took its height to 26.5 m in 1520, when two defensive floors were added. The lower three floors were used for storage.