Model of Kivisild
Model of Kivisild
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The first stone bridge to be constructed in the Baltic States was erected in the 18th century at one end of the Town Hall Square in Tartu, with two triumphal arches and a raisable mid-section. Dedicated to Russian empress Catherine II, it was opened to traffic in 1784. The bridge was destroyed during World War II. All that remains to admire is the 2004 model of the bridge (created by Tiiu Kirsipuu).
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Edgar
5 contributions
Aug 2019
Or is it? Check closely, the modern bridge is built on the columns of the old bridge witch was destroyed during ww2. There is a small model of the old bridge.
Written 6 November 2019
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Scorpionxxix
Brisbane, Australia224 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Was wondering thru the town and can actions the bridge nice looking old bridge was a good statue well worth a look
Written 18 June 2019
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Derek W
Stansted, UK40 contributions
May 2018 • Family
This statue is in a nice place by the river,and next to the main road,and shopping centre.
When it's warm outside you can visit it much better,than in winter,and that you can sit near it too,as it's in a lovely place,as lots of people walk by it.
Written 27 November 2018
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travellerew
Tallinn, Estonia507 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is one of the symbol of Tartu. This is a stone bridge you can walk by to go to the next side of Emajõgi river. There is a nice park near it and quite good view.
Written 15 August 2017
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Elin E
Tartu, Estonia22 contributions
Aug 2016
It is nice as a bridge, you know, for people to get over the river, and since it is all pedestrians only, I gave it 2 stars. But the bridge in original, before it was destroyed by our neighbors, is very beautiful and a real sightseeing material. This, on the other hand, serves a cross-over purpose only.
Written 17 August 2016
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prl13
Viljandi, Estonia44 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
It is interesting to see what the bridge looked like. Also it is one of the artworks of Tiiu Kirsipuu who is quite famous in Estonia
Written 8 August 2016
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jeffthecheff
New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States47 contributions
Sept 2015 • Friends
With all the money the city wastes on other pork barrel project they could easily rebuild the bridge which is on Tartu's city flag
Written 25 April 2016
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fik2016
Singapore, Singapore52 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
Very special bridge built in the 17th century,stones stored with metallic slides,interesting style of building.
Written 15 March 2016
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Marcus D
Tartu, Estonia1,290 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
The bronze cast model of Kivisild (Stone Bridge) is located at the Raekoja plats end of Kaarsild (Arch Bridge).
Kivisild, a bridge for pedestrians and horse-drawn conveyances, was constructed at the end of the 18th century with funds provided by Catherine the Great of Imperial Russia. The bridge consisted of two arches and a raisable middle section to allow the quite substantial 'masted' river-borne traffic to pass beneath.

Retreating Red Army troops destroyed the eastern end in 1941.
Retreating Wehrmacht troops destroyed the still standing western arch in 1944.

The Soviet authorities' uninspiring, concrete, 1950s, pedestrians only, replacement is Kaarsild (Arch Bridge).

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the restoration of Estonia's independence, a fund was established to replace Kaarsild with a modern rendition of the 'fondly remembered' Kivisild.

Public response was very small. Indeed, one element of the city's population had incorporated Kaarsild into it's own folklore and consequently opposed the bridge's destruction.
A self-imposed 'rite of passage' for students at Tartu University (as opposed to an initiation rite for students joining any of the Student Associations) is to walk across the concrete arch.
PLEASE NOTE: The local police impose quite severe fines on anyone they catch doing this.

Artworks are frequently displayed on Kaarsild in the summer months.
Kaarsild - the bridge and the arch - provides a superb viewing platform for Tartu University Student Days (held annually in spring) activities involving obligatory immersion in the semi-frozen river.
Written 4 July 2015
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