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Tallinn wooden districts : Kadriorg and Kalamaja.

Kadriorg is known for the Kadriorg Palace and surrounding park, but it is also a district of charming wooden houses.
Kadriorg has been one of the most prestigious areas of Tallinn through the ages. This picturesque district is in the city center, yet feels secluded as it is surrounded by trees creating a small town feel. The whole area is full of wooden houses from 19th and 20th century.At the beginning of the 19th century, Tallinn was beginning to earn a reputation as a popular resort town, and the seaside Kadriorg district became a go-to place for holidaymakers. Summer villas, swimming lounges, baths, hotels, guesthouses, and restaurants, all handsomely decorated with wooden carvings and turrets, sprung up in Kadriorg.The uniqueness of Kadriorg is its wealth and elegance; it is both a public and intimate cityscape.

Kalamaja mostly notable as one of the best preserved historic wooden architecture areas in Tallinn, and Estonia. The quiet neighbourhood has long been known for its colourful hodgepodge of old fashioned, working class houses.In fact, 'Kalamaja' literally means'fish house' in Estonian, and starting from the 14th century the area was traditionally dominated by fishermen, fishmongers and boat wrights. Recently the area has taken on a bohemian atmosphere, becoming the residence of choice for young, creative types.Clever use of space and dedicated use of local produce makes the local restaurant-cafés an integral part of the Kalamaja atmosphere. It’s the part of town where you will get the best feel of the locals’ life-style.

Comparison of Kadriorg and Kalamaja, for me this first district is prettier.

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Additional Photos by Piotr Fagasiewicz (PiotrF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4851 W: 2 N: 8862] (42552)
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