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Tiit Veermäe
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The palisade between the Maiden Tower and the Stable Tower

The higher wall was built at the beginning of the 14th century, at first as a smaller and thinner wall, but elevated and reinforced at the beginning of the 15th century to accommodate gunpowder weap-

ons. But then, in order to provide earlier defence against cannon fire and as a place for heavy cannons, a second, support wall was built, also called a palisade. This ran in the same way as the first as far as the Goat Tower to begin with, but by the time Kiek in de Kök was built, it reached him also. Today, the Goat Tower has already been destroyed, and the path of the wall to Kök is just marked as a trail.

Before the earthworks, there was a deeper depression in the wide, open area between the wall and Toompea. 300 years ago, when the redoubts were built, it was filled with earth. Now, Commandant Park is here. Through one of the old arrow loops that were restored in the parapet in the 1970s, romantic walkers might see the sculpture of Adam and Eve by Elen Kolk framed by that opening. At first the original stood there, but since vandals seemed to want to take it upon themselves to supplement the art in their own way, it was taken away altogether, and a copy was installed in its place.