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BRIEF HISTORY GENERAL INFORMATION ARRIVAL PRACTICAL INFORMATION

The Lutheran Reformation (1524) replaced Catholicism with the Lutheran Church. This period witnessed the beginning of school education and the expanding of reading skill among the local people.
The influence of German culture was very strong on the language, building techniques, everyday life, and customs.

"The Good Old Swedish Time": 1561-1710
After the long hard years of Livonian War between Russian, Poland and Sweden this period is remembered as "the good old Swedish times" by the Estonians.
Tallinn capitulated to the Swedish king Erik XIV in 1561, while the whole Estonia was united as part of Swedish Kingdom in 1625.
During this period Tallinn forfeited its previous mercantile prosperity in the course of wars. Construction work concentrated on developing a powerful zone of earth fortresses outside the medieval town wall. The silhouette of the city changed - baroque, swelling tower tips rose beside the needle-sharp spires of older towers. The tall Gothic A-frame residential houses were kept, but their interiors were modernized. Churches and the Town Hall received new baroque interiors.
The era was significant for the rapid development of school education among the Estonians.
 
     

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