The famous defensive wall of Reval and the even more famous towers… probably the very first towers constructed were the gate towers, but then they started springing up all over the city, like mushrooms after rain. The towers were initially small, almost half as big as they are now. In the same way the city wall was not as big, at first. At the beginning of the 15th century, firearms and cannons started deciding the winners of battles more and more – so the height of both the towers and the wall rose in height. Most of the towers of Reval got a horseshoe shape!
The edge of the wall and vicinity of towers was as if a forbidden zone in the Middle Ages. A defensive area! It was not foreseen to go walking about there without reason. The only exception being perhaps for some call girls along the Müürivahe Street. The sauna for nuns was demolished, as the warriors on horseback had a too narrow passage between the defensive wall and sauna. The city space beside the city wall is somewhat secretive and mystical even today – when it is dark, you can hear their whispers….