Raadi

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Marcus D
Tartu, Estonia1,288 contributions
Remnants of a classic Baltic-German manor-house and park design
Jul 2015 • Solo
The lay of the land and a little judicious landscaping enabled the Baltic-German designers of Raadi 'mõis ja park' (manor-house and park) to site the house on the lip of a plateau. Behind the house lay the formal gardens of the Upper Park. In front of the house is a one terraced slope, replete with a rotunda pavilion overlooking the lake and the multiple-varieties of trees that comprise the planted Lower Park.
The park, and the ruins of the house - it was destroyed in 1944 - is open from 07.00-22.00.
In the Lower Park - outside the lower entrance gate and thus access is unrestricted - is a unique type of war memorial - one that does not have a formal name and thus no formal link to any particular conflict.
This is a Soviet Red Army memorial to soldiers who were killed during 'The Great Patriotic War. The presence of 24 'un-named' burial plaques infers an essence of the notion of the 'unknown soldier' on the site.
Tartu Municipal Council have erected a multi-lingual information board that acknowledges the memorial without conferring a name other than referring to the 'Raadi Memorial' and refutes the wording referring to 'soldiers of all nations' engraved on the memorial.
Written 7 July 2015
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