The city of Tallinn and the Estonian Olympic Committee celebrated 40 years since the start of the sailing events of the 80 Moscow Olympics in Tallinn by lighting the Olympic fire on July 29. The torch was lit at Town Hall Square in the Old Town at 4:30 p.m., it was then taken to Pirita, the venue of the yachting events of the 1980 Summer Olympics, by electric powered boats. A concert lasting approximately two hours started at the flag square of the Olympic Yachting Center in Pirita at 6:30 p.m.
Tallinn secured a place in Olympic history by hosting the yachting regatta of the 80 Moscow Olympics. The large-scale event also had a major impact on the development of the capital of Estonia, as during the run-up to the Olympics over 50 new buildings and other structures were erected, many of which have become well-known landmarks of the city.
The latter include the television tower, Hotel Olumpia, Postimaja former central post office, the new Pirita Road, the new terminal of the airport and many others.
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