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Fat Margaret Tower (Paks Margareeta) (Tallinn)

Tallinn Fat Margaret Tower

Fat Margaret Tower is a 16th century tower that was the largest round tower of the military fortifications of the city. The tower was built in 1510- 1529 under supervision of master Gert Koning from Westphalia.

 

 

Pikk 70

Tel. 641 1408

Bus: 3        Trolley: 1, 2

Open: 10am- 6pm Wed- Sun

Estonian Maritime Museum

Open: 10am- 6pm Wed- Sun

www.meremuuseum.ee

 

 

 

Description of Fat Margaret Tower

Walls of Fat Margaret Tower reached a total of thickness of 4.7 m (15 feet). It also measures 20 meters in height and 24 meters in diameter. Artillery battery that was stationed here protected the entrance of the harbor to the city. After it lost its defensive structures Fat Margaret Tower was turned into military barracks and a warehouse. During Russian Revolution of 1917 it was transformed into a prison for political prisoners. However the inmates were freed by a mob of soldiers, sailors and several workers who killed the guards.

Today Fat Margaret is turned into a Estonian Maritime Museum. It contains a collection of artifacts devoted to rich maritime heritage of the city and country in general. Among its items it contains a scale replica of ship Estonia that sank in 1994 on a route to Stockholm (Sweden's capital) taking lives of 852 on board.