Observatory of the University of Tartu

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Observatory of the University of Tartu

Observatory of the University of Tartu
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Observatory of the University of Tartu - in its time one of the most important centres of astronomy in the world - is the pearl of Estonia's scientific history. It was constructed between 1808 and 1810 to the designs of university architect Johann Wilhelm Krause on the site of a former medieval castle on Toome Hill. Restoration work began in 2009 and continued until 27 April 2011, when it was reopened as a museum to mark its 200th anniversary. There is plenty to discover here, whatever your age!
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Francis D
Montreal, Canada1,875 contributions
Aug 2019
Although this place is on the UNESCO list, it offers a very low interest / attraction value in our eyes.

The building itself is quite beautiful and appealing. The inside exhibits though, are rather low in interest. English translation is also not always present.

We would not recommend this place.
Written 4 September 2019
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eilas
Tornio, Finland22 contributions
Apr 2019 • Business
See the universe going around our sun and learn about early and significant steps of science here. Later you could walk down the hill and have a nice glass of special beer or meal of Gunpowder Cellar (Püssirohkukelder). Top visit!
Written 27 April 2019
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erna o
Pretoria, South Africa422 contributions
Jul 2018
Unfortunately we did not have time to go inside but the guide said that the view from up the tower is excellent. She did relate the history to us and we just walked pass the building. Hope to return and visit soon.
Written 11 September 2018
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,983 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We climbed up Toome Hill to visit this historic site where German-born Russian scientist Friedrich von Struve worked from 1816-1855 to establish the exact size and shape of the earth. I was exposed to this scientist way back in school and am impressed to see where he worked.
Inside, after paying 3 Euros each, we could stroll through the 3 rooms on the lower floor than climb several flights of steps to the dome, all filled with nicely preserved historic equipment.

which also provides a nice afternoon view over City Hall.
Written 21 August 2018
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LMOverby
Columbia, MO1,841 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
I had to do a very quick walk-through of the museum since I arrived shortly before closing on a Friday and the museum was closed for holidays during the rest of my stay in Tartu. Even such quick tour, though, indicated what an interesting place this was, with its collection of historical telescopes and other astronomical items. Displays are almost all nicely translated into English.
Written 27 June 2018
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Klaus K
49 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
If you are even a little bit interested of astronomy this is a place you have to go to.

There are interesting specimens of retracting and reflecting telescopes and related equipment. Observatory is also closely related to Friedrich von Struve and was the beginning point of 'Struve's chain'.
Written 16 June 2018
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carl b
Banbury, UK210 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
Very interesting incite into the history of astronomy. At one point housing the largest telescope in the world. Great views of Tartu from the top.
Written 12 August 2017
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Mariusz M
Krakow, Poland212 contributions
Apr 2017 • Business
An interesting place for history of astronomy fans, but not of a special interest for an average tourist.
Written 1 May 2017
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Pentti S
Sun City Center, FL117 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
As a part of a walking tour in the city of Tartu, this Observatory is definitely worth of visiting, as it gives you understanding of how advanced the Estonian scientists have been in observing the wonders of the skies and also in mapping the globe. The views from the top of the Observatory are beautiful.
Written 23 September 2016
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Raivo T
Tallinn, Estonia288 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
This is lonely old building included nuseum and watch tower with a view in Toome hill. A little bit old fashioned but very cute and peaceful place.
Written 16 August 2016
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