For the last eight centuries, the picturesque Town Hall square has been the undisputed hub of the Old Town of Tallinn. It has been a market place and the center of the once Hanseatic town since the Middle Ages. During the 13th and 14th centuries, it has been a center of the Lower Town. The Town Hall Square haven’t lost its value to this day and still remains the heart of the city. In the summer it is filled with outdoor cafes, and serves as a host for many events such as festivals, concerts and fairs. The picturesque view and beautiful medieval houses make it a tourist attraction. Once a year, each winter, the square turns into a magical Christmas Market, with a great Christmas tree standing in the middle. The tradition of celebrating Christmas festivities here dates back to 1441, when the Brotherhood of the Blackheads are thought to have erected the world’s very first Christmas tree. The other big event held in the square is the Old Town Festival, which is a place for medieval reenactments and carnivals, keeping the medieval traditions alive. The most famous buildings around the square are the Town Hall and the Town Hall Pharmacy.
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