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General information and the development of scenic districts

General information and the development of scenic districts

 

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The City of Tallinn values districts with unique historical and cultural elements that play an important role in enriching the urban space, creating diversity and preserving history.

In light of public interest objectives, a district that has been designated as cultural heritage by the local government is primarily defined and protected with the planning prepared on the basis of
the Planning Act.

 

Our goal is to preserve scenic districts in their unaltered form for their historical structure plans, positioning of buildings, distinctive architecture and landscaping. It is important to introduce restrictions to preserve and determine the development opportunities of culturally valuable heritage. Additionally, restrictions are essential to provide a high-quality living environment in scenic districts and preserve the diverse and significant urban space without hindering the development and construction work in these districts. Specialists from different fields have been involved in the designation of scenic districts and valuable objects. The conditions of protection and use have been prepared on the basis of international principles, documents and practices.
 

Development of Tallinn’s scenic district

From 2001, there have been eight scenic districts with a comprehensive plan approved by the City of Tallinn: Kalamaja, Pelgulinn, Kadriorg, Kassisaba (including Kelmiküla and Uus Maailm), Rotermann Quarter (2001-2009), Nõmme, Central Tatari and the area surrounding Veerenni, Herne and Magasini streets.
After adopting the comprehensive plan of the beach area between Paljassaare and Russalka in 2004, Tallinn designated Laevastiku, a new scenic district in Paljassaare. 

One of the goals set in
the Development Plan for the Estonian Housing Sector for 2008-2013 (Order No. 35 issued on 17.01.2008 by the Government of the Republic of Estonia) was preserving the diversity and the balanced and sustainable development of residential areas. The measures imposed to achieve these goals included improving the quality of residential areas, maintaining apartment complexes and developing urban areas, which also includes scenic districts.


After the development of the thematic plan of the City Centre in 2009, four scenic districts were designated: Kitseküla, Raua, Torupilli and Uus Maailm. The conditions of use and protection of the other scenic districts in City Centre were further specified. In the same year, the comprehensive plan of the Pirita District was adopted, which led to the designation of two scenic districts: Merivälja and Maarjamäe. As a result of the comprehensive plan of the residential areas of the Lasnamäe district in 2010, the Sikupilli scenic district was established. The Lille and Järve scenic districts were designated on the basis of the comprehensive plan of the Kristiine District in 2016.

Tallinn is currently preparing the comprehensive plan of the Põhja-Tallinn district, which will specify the boundaries of the Pelgulinn, Kelmiküla and Kalamaja scenic districts and establish Kopli-Niidi, Sirbi and Pelguranna scenic districts. In 2021, the city adopted the comprehensive plan of the Nõmme district, which specifies the boundaries of the scenic district and outlines its conditions of use and protection.
All of Tallinn’s scenic districts and valuable objects can be found on the web map. You can read the descriptions of scenic districts from the respective comprehensive and thematic plans. The descriptions are also available on this website. Each scenic district has a map where you can view the boundaries of the district and the value rating of different buildings.

There is a separate category for monuments whose conditions of protection and use are regulated by the Heritage Protection Act. These monuments are managed by
the Heritage Protection Department of the Tallinn Urban Planning Department.

For instructions or additional information on the conditions of the restoration benefit, please contact the Chief Specialist of Grants of the Heritage Protection Department of the Tallinn Urban Planning Department.

Don’t hesitate to ask for advice!

You can contact the Chief Specialists of Scenic Districts of the Tallinn Urban Planning Department by phone or email. Counselling and consultations are carried out upon prior agreement as a video conference or during an on-the-spot inspection.

SCENIC DISTRICTS: Nõmme (the area to the east of the Tähe Street), Järve, Lille
Chief Specialist of Scenic Districts Anneli Jüristo

SCENIC DISTRICTS: Kadriorg, Raua, Torupilli, Central Tatari
Chief Specialist of Scenic Districts Nele Rent 

SCENIC DISTRICTS: 
Uus Maailm, Kitseküla, Kassisaba, Veerenni
Chief Specialist of Scenic Districts Kristiina Liinak

SCENIC DISTRICTS: Kelmiküla, Kalamaja, Pelgulinn, Pelgurand, Laevastiku, Sirbi, Kopli Lines, Kopli-Niidi
Chief Specialist of Scenic Districts Erja-Liina Raidma


SCENIC DISTRICTS: Nõmme (the area to the east of the Tähe Street), Pirita-Kose, Merivälja, Sikupilli (Lasnamäe)
Chief Specialist of Scenic Districts Sabrina Kaukis


 

Last modified 24.04.2024