You expect castles in Europe, but Toompea is special. The hill on which it is build has been a stronghold for nearly a thousand years but, unfortunately for the Estonians, a stronghold primarily for invaders. From Danish Crusaders to Teutonic Knights and later Swedish overlords and Russian governors, the old castle was a symbol of conquest. The current castle was built in the mid-18th century, but after Estonia declared her independence in 1918, has been the home of the nation's Riigikogu (parliament). Tours of the castle are offered during the week and visitors are allowed into the parliament's gallery.
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