Helios Hall

Old Town

This novel gallery has come up with a way around the difficulty of borrowing great paintings from their home galleries: simply project images of masterpieces onto the walls, along with appropriate musical accompaniment. It does utilize its premises – Tallinn's oldest cinema – to good effect, using most available space to bring the pieces to life in great detail and depth of colour.

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2. Town Hall Tower


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3. Photo Museum

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4. Tallinn Town Hall

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5. Town Hall Square

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6. St Catherine's Church

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7. Town Council Pharmacy

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