Golden foot

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Golden Foot, 2016

The Golden Foot ( Estonian Kuldjala torn ) is a defense tower of the Reval city fortifications in the Estonian capital Tallinn (Reval).


Tower in 2011

It is located on the northwest side of the old town of Reval, south of the Place of the Towers . Adjacent defense towers are the Badstubenturm in the south and the tower behind the Süstern in the north.

Architecture and history

At the place of the golden foot there was initially a fortified tower built after 1370 with a square floor plan . It was demolished in the 15th century and today, in a horseshoe shape built tower replaced. The tower was later modified. The current tower has a height of 22.5 meters with a diameter of about 10 meters.

During excavations between 1958 and 1960 under the direction of Villem Raam , the square foundation of the previous building was found. The listed tower was restored in 1964.


  • Purely sable: Tallinna keskaegsed kindlustused. "Valgus" , Tallinn 1980, OCLC 7734204 (Estonian; summary in German: Tallinn Medieval City Fortifications, and Russian).
    • Voldemar Vaga: The medieval city fortifications of Tallinn. One comment on Rein Zobel, Tallinna keskaegsed kindlustused. In: Forn Vännen . Journal of Swedish Antiquarian Research . 80th volume , 1985, ISSN  0015-7813 , pp. 289-295 ( PDF; 1.7 MB ).

Web links

Commons : Golden Foot  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Ragnar Nurk: A view of Reval (Tallinn) and its fortifications. Translation from Estonian by Marju and Olaf Mertelsmann. In: Baltic Journal of Art History. Vol. 6 (2013), ISSN  1736-8812 , pp. 47-68, here p. 60 ( PDF; 513 kB ; abstract / summary (English): doi : 10.12697 / BJAH.2013.6.02 ; on Karl's city ​​views (Carl) Ferdinand von Kügelgen , especially “A View of Reval from the Patkul Stairs”, oil painting, approx. 1830–1831, Estonian Art Museum).

Coordinates: 59 ° 26 ′ 24 ″  N , 24 ° 44 ′ 33 ″  E