L Marks the Spot

  Old Town         more than a year ago

Look for two long cobblestones that make the letter 'L' in the corner of Town Hall Square nearest the Raeapteek. This spot marks one of the more bizarre tales from Tallinn's medieval history. In the late 1600s, so the story goes, a priest named Panicke walked into an inn and ordered an omelette. What he got was 'hard as the sole of a shoe,' so he sent it back. The next two that the waitress brought were even worse, and after an argument, the priest decided to make his point by killing the waitress with an axe. For this unusually violent crime, the priest was swiftly hauled out to the square and beheaded, and the spot was marked for the convenience of future tour guides.


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