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Tiit Veermäe
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Wall walkway between renten tower and tower behind grusbeke

Could there be trace or even a clue to be found be- tween my limestone bricks of Tallinn’s oldest known wall, Margaret’s wall, built between 1265 and 1282, which has been a Holy Grail for archaeologists?

The Renten Tower, named after the City council master Arnds von Renthen, was built four storeys high at the bend in the northwest corner of the city wall in the mid- dle ages, though with the loss of its defensive value had begun to fall into serious disrepair at the end of the 19th century and was finally demolished to make room for the construction of other buildings. For a long time, it was thought that all traces of the tower had been destroyed. However, thanks to the removal of structures adjacent to the city wall several years ago, some remnants of Renten Tower were recovered from a wall of the building at Lai 49. Now the half-rounded contour of the tower can be clearly seen in the wall of the building on Lai Street where it meets the city wall.