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Why locals love it

It was believed that the water spirits hold a grudge for Tallinn and that they wish the destruction of the city by an apocalyptic flood. Cat's Well was seen as a potential instrument of destruction at the hands of the water spirits. So it was decided that the way to appease the spirits and prevent flooding was by throwing dead cats into the well.

Why you should visit it

You can peek at how a city well could have looked like in the early medieval times. And marvel at the stupidity of Medieval Estonians. The well was eventually closed due to contamination. Can't think why.

Special tip

It's a well known place where you can order a taxi in the Old Town. But call it like Estonians - Rataskaevu.

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So, we did not bring our own cat and they didn’t sell them at the tourist shop. Hopefully we didn’t anger the water spirits anyway. Easy enough to find...good story.
March 28, 2018
Great story 😄👍
February 16, 2018
nice old town hood
August 22, 2017
Lot of cats drown there :D
April 1, 2017
  • Cat's Well

    Rataskaevu 7, 10123 Tallinn, Estonia
  • Mo-Su: Open 24 hours

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