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Tallinn's Old Town

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Tallinn’s UNESCO-listed wonderful old town is a spooky, exciting place – full of lore. The story of the Devil’s wedding is perhaps the most famous. If you ever take a walk along the streets of Medieval Tallinn, stop at the 15th century guest house at Rataskaevu street 16. Now look up at the top floor. See the window that isn’t a window at all, but rather painted on? Legend has it, the Devil once stayed there, having a wedding party. Loud party noises are still said to be emanating from this haunted house in the middle of the night.

In medieval times, peculiar sounds would occasionally emerge from the well, so the Talliners of the past naturally assumed a demon resided at the bottom. For some reason, they also thought live cats would appease the demon, so they chucked them in, essentially leaving the poor creatures to die from thirst, starvation and/or exposure.

Read more on Anne-Sophie's blog.

Written by  Anne-Sophie Redisch.

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