Over the last year I have been exploring Helsinki from a different perspective, I never used to care about unique staircases, interesting doorways, or if a building had a hidden courtyard. But it is in these things, among others, that I have become fond of.
Slowly decaying on a small section of Tallinn’s coast is Linnahall, an old sports and concert venue built in 1980. The venue was built as part of the Olympics that took place in Moscow in the same year. At this time Estonia was apart of the Soviet Union and as Moscow didn’t have a suitable location to hold the sailing events Tallinn was chosen.
There was little sign of life and I was the only walking around. At the entrance there were a few cars parked outside but I had no idea where the owners would have gone. If the offices inside were used I thought to myself, what a miserable place to work.
When the venue was completed it was named V. I. Lenin Palace of Culture and Sport but was later changed to Linnahall, most likely when Estonia became independent in 1991.
Who knows when Poseidon saw its last customers. Not much of a night out now.
You can walk fairly freely around the building as long as you can navigate the maze of stairs, many of which still lead to a dead end or locked gate.
What surprised me most about Linnahall was that the building was completed in 1980, and from the looks of things, it was abandoned almost right away. I know, 1980 was actually sometime ago and more likely the venue has been used more recently.
It seems like such a waste to leave a large and interesting building to go unused but it happens everywhere, especially when it comes to buildings built for the Olympics. My visit to Linnahall has sparked my interested and I am keen to learn more about the building and what the city has planned for its future.
As with any building left to sink into disrepair, Linnahall has attracted a fair amount of attention from graffiti artists, some of it better than others..
Views of St Olaf’s Church and Tallinn’s medieval old town can be seen as it’s only a short distance away.
From the outside it is difficult to tell what Linnahall is all about. The crumbling and graffitied walls, the locked doors and barred windows, are hiding the secrets of what lies within. Unfortunately, that will have to wait for another time.
I am a team member of Day With A Local and these photographs were taken in cooperation with them.
Photo Challenge: Solitude
This precious stone set in a sliver sea
This blessed plot
Being back in the U.K I had one day to make a trip to a nearby city. As I had been to the neighboring city of Bristol a number of times I thought I would revisit Bath since my last trip they was over ten years ago and I remembered very little of the historical city.
The city of Bath is well know for its Roman Baths and its yellow stone buildings, these can be found almost as soon as you step out of the train station. The city is small and much of it can be enjoyed by walking and that’s what I did. If I had more time I would of liked to walk the six mile walking route that allows views over the city, maybe next time.
My tip for Bath would be once you have seen the Abbey and Roman Baths follow the River Avon until you find The Circus, three rows of terrace houses set out in a circle.
Do you have any suggestions for a trip to Bath?