Tartu, the capital and largest city of Tartu County, is Estonia's second largest city after the national capital, Tallinn. The estimated population of Tartu was over 100,000 people in 2009. It's known as the most important cultural and intellectual hub in Estonia, due to the renowned University of Tartu. Its nickname is "The City of Good Thoughts." The city, like Estonia as a whole, has had a long and eventful history.
A. Le Coq Beer Museum Tartu
Tartu is the birthplace of beer brewing in Estonia. It has been a beer city for almost 1000 years. A beer museum opened on the territory of the A. Le Coq Brewery in 2003. The museum introduces the history of industrial beer brewing. Almost 2,000 items on display in the malt tower built in 1898: beer bottles and caps, tankards and barrels.
Guests can see the equipment used for domestic brewing and old industrial brewing equipment. A fascinating item is an A. Le Coq bottle that spent 150 years at the bottom of a sea. All museum visits end at the museum pub, where guests of the museum can sample A. Le Coq's beverages.
|Address||Laulupeo puiestee 15, Tartu, Estonia|
St. Paul's Church Tartu
St. Paul’s Church is the only Estonian sacral building in Art Nouveau style, as well as one of the most outstanding 20th century sacral buildings in Estonia. The church and its wings form one of the most remarkable ensembles of sacral architecture. Finnish-American architect Eliel Saarinen designed the church in 1913. Completion of the construction and consecration of the building took place in 1917.
The interior came to completion in 1919. There was a fire in the church during the WWII. But the congregation initiated its partial restoration, so it was re-consecrated in 1966. Today, the church has been completely restored based on the design by Merja Nieminen and Kari Järvinen, Finnish architects. They got their inspiration from Eliel Saarinen.
|Address||Riia 27, 51010 Tartu, Estonia|
Toomemagi Park Tartu
The Toomemägi park in was a given to the University of Tartu by Emperor Paul I. It was first used by townsfolk to graze cattle. For hundreds of years, it had been the central point of the local population. Later it became the site of an episcopal castle – the heart of the medieval city. In the early decades of the 19th century, the university's plantation committee decided to turn it into a public park with alleys of trees, paved roads and bridged gulleys.
Along with the library, anatomical theater, observatory and clinic it formed the intellectual focal point of the city. The park is a popular gathering point for students of Tartu University. A nice attraction to see in the evening (it has fabulous lighting) is the Angel Bridge.
Tartu Art Museum
The Tartu Art Museum is in the leaning building in Tartu Town Hall Square. The building leans even more thank the Tower of Pisa.
Its diverse programme varies from Baltic-German authors to contemporary art.
|Address||Rüütli 23, Tartu, Estonia|
Tartu University (UT) is Estonia's leading center of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country's reputation in research. UT belongs to the top 3% of world's best universities.
As Estonia's national university, UT stresses the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities worldwide. The robust research potential of the university shows because the UT joined the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of renowned research universities. The university includes four faculties.
To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral co-operation agreements with 64 partner institutions in 23 countries.
The Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus founded the university in 1632. It was first called Academia Dorpatensis. Johan Skytte, governor-general of Livonia made the necessary preparations for creating a university in the city (then Dorpat). Academia Dorpatensis, modeled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden, intended to pursue research and advance learning in a variety of disciplines.
The university has continued to adhere to this approach throughout the centuries, and remains today the only classical university in Estonia. Research at UT focuses on subjects as diverse as medicine and philosophy, genetics and computer science.
|Address||Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia|