Aleksandri 46, Tartu, 51004, Estonia
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View from Ilmatsalu bird observation tower
Flasku and Tasku under the rainbow at sunset
Travel Tips for Tartu
St Jan was probably built in the first third of the 14th century. The church was damaged in the Russian-Livonian War in the 16th century as well as in Northern War in 1708.
In the 30's of XX century the building was reconstructed in the classicistic style, the central nave got a coved vault ceiling, the windows were made larger, interior walls were replastered, niches with figures inside them were walled up, protruding parts of the figures of pillars were cut off.
Don't be scared...
When coming home from a long night in Club Tallinn or Atlantis or whatever place, one should not miss crossing the arch of Emajogi bridge! This is sort of a test of courage for everybody, but if you're not too drunk it's hardly dangerous. Okay, so the arch is pretty high. Okay, so it doesn't have a rail or anything similar. Okay, so the police is waiting at Raekoja plats to prevent people from crossing the arch. But, hey, this is a local tradition! You'll have a beautiful view from up there, especially in an early summer morning where mists rise from Emajogi river and the landscape is really magical. And you can be proud that you've done it!
The Towers of Tartu Dome Church
The Dome Church ruins and Museum of History in the renovated part of the church are one of the main tourist attractions in Tartu. Still most tourists miss the young lady selling tickets near a small entrance in the far side of the ruins. This is the way to the highest accessible place in the whole town - the viewing platforms on the top of the ruins.
The ruins have been in constant renovation since 2001. Viewing platforms were opened in 2005.
Not only is the view spectacular, but the journey up there if worth mentioning as well. The only way up is a combination of narrow historical passages through the church walls and wooden platforms which give you a good view inside the ruins. There is also a small chamber with a display of historical pictures and texts of the building.
There are two separate platforms from which you can see most of Tartu. In summer the trees are blocking some of the view, but the towers are open in autumn and spring as well.
The opening hours (2009)
Wed-Sun 11-17 (april)
Mon-Sun 11-17 (may, september)
Mon-Sun 10-19 (june - august)
Wed-Sun 11-17 (october)
Sat-Sun 11-17 (november)
1. Adult 25 kr (€1.50)
2. Student, Senior 15 kr (€1.00)
3. Family (1-2 adults with children) 60 kr (€4.00)
It is also possible to buy a combined ticket with the Museum of History
Have fun discovering Tartu!
The Pisa Tower of Tartu
As Tartu was built in a swampy place some building are inclinated as this building now seating a museum.
Dado que Tartu fue construida sobre una zona pantanosa, algunos edificios se han inclinado como el de la foto que hoy alberga un museo.
The KGB Cells museum
Tucked into the basement of a large gray building is Tartu’s KGB Cells museum. The museum is in the original location and is constructed in the old cells. It offers an often saddening look at the existence of the KGB in Estonia. There are many pictures of the cells and prisoners, along with pictures and effects of deportees. The museum also includes a look at the Estonian resistance to the Soviet Union. Not everything is in English however this is one place where many times a picture really does speak a thousand words. Be sure to take a look into the solitary confinement cell.
Note, the courtyard behind the building is where the remaining prisoners were executed as the Soviets fled from the advancing Germany army in World War Two.
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