Monuments/ Statues in Tartu

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Monuments & Statues in Tartu

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  • Ian C
    London, UK23,970 contributions
    Located in a park, this unusual sculpture by Ulo Oun portrays himself and his 18 month old son, but of equal height. Different people have given it different meanings, but one is that it represents the changing periods in the father son-relationship through life.

    One of several statues worth exploring in the centre.
    Written 17 September 2019
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  • PBTravelstheWorld
    Lynden, WA398 contributions
    Huge sculpture pig in front of the covered market. Guess the pig escaped from the butcher! Very fun!
    Written 21 August 2020
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  • travellerew
    Tallinn, Estonia492 contributions
    This is a monument to Swedish king Gustav Adolf II. He has a person who has made Tartu University. So when you go to visit Tartu University building, it will be good to see this monument also.
    Written 15 August 2017
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  • Pii L
    Laagri, Estonia43 contributions
    You should know the tradition that every spring the students wash his head with champagne or sparkling wine.
    Written 14 August 2017
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  • JPS M
    Apeldoorn, The Netherlands255 contributions
    In the middle of nowhere, on your way from Tartu to Valmiera, you will pass the sign mentioning Barclay de Tally mausoleum and when doing so, we will not only enjoy the lovely country side, but also enjoy this lovely and interesting monument.
    Observe the opening hours of this unique and well kept mausoleum in the honour
    of a Russian-Prussian general.
    Written 28 September 2018
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  • ludor
    Iasi, Romania2,838 contributions
    I learnt about Johan Skytte during an improvised walking tour offered by the students of a local school. It seems Mr. Skytte played an important role in the foundation of the Tartu University, almost 400 years ago. He was also its first rector.
    The monument is very original and has around many benches with tags mentioning other academical personalities. As the monument is located on a park full of interesting things to see (Toome Hill) it really worth a visit.
    Written 17 October 2018
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  • DejanNS72
    Novi Sad, Serbia2,300 contributions
    Although some people here claimed that this monument is ugly, I can not agree with them. In my eyes, this monument is quite romantic. It reminds me on a Serbian poet Branko Radičević who also lived in the first half of 19th century, was student far away from home, traveled a lot and also died young. Monument is positioned on the top of hill and overlooking Old town of Tartu.
    Written 3 November 2017
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  • timisaacson
    Tartu, Estonia19 contributions
    Easy to find this metal sculpture on Vanemuise just up from the Vanemuine theatre. A walk around the metal pipe sculpture brings the form into a perfect outline portrait of this significance academic. Unfortunately insensitively encroached on in the last 8 months by some University signage.
    Written 26 April 2018
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  • MJ R
    2 contributions
    The father of Estonian liberalism. Yes, a nationalist too, but a liberal nationalist: democracy, the rule of law and individual liberties were never up for bargaining with him. Grave unknown, the day of death unknown - was brutally killed for his beliefs. A question towards the East: "Kus on Jaan Tõnissoni haud?"
    Written 6 July 2020
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  • timisaacson
    Tartu, Estonia19 contributions
    Part of the Teater Vanemuine complex.In front of the Shakespeare Cafe/restaurant . good view of city centre (not old town city square) . Have a play with the sonic sculpture - bang the metal plates on the wall.
    Written 26 April 2018
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  • Philip P
    Herentals, Belgium1,064 contributions
    You need a guide to understand the role of this person, although Google/Wikipedia helps already. Just one of the nice statues.
    Written 10 May 2019
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  • Marcus D
    Tartu, Estonia1,289 contributions
    These two statues, the War of Independence monument (heroic statue of Kalevipoeg ) and the head-and-shoulders bust of FR Kreutzwald (author and father of Estonian national literature) are located almost side-by-side for good reasons in the narrow park separating Vabaduse Puistee (street) from the Emajõgi (river).
    Kreutzwald composed the epic poem "Kalevipoeg" (first published in the 1850s). Their logical juxtaposition was not planned.
    The War of Independence Monument - the Kalevipoeg statue - is a memorial for the Estonian soldiers who fell during the War of Independence 1918-1920. The statue was erected in the park in 1933.
    The Soviet occupation authorities disapproved of the War of Independence Monument for two reasons. (i) The Soviets had been on the losing side of the War of Independence and (ii) Kalevipoeg - Estonian national hero and freedom fighter - did not fit well with communist ideology. Consequently in 1950, the Soviets removed and destroyed the statue and replaced it in 1952 with the 'head-and-shoulders' bust of the author of Kalevipoeg - FR Kreutzwald, whom communist ideology viewed as a worthy individual (despite being the creator of the national hero!).
    In 2002, following the re-establishment of Independence, the current Kalevipoeg statue - based on the original design - was erected alongside Kreutzwald - thus replacing the original and establishing the juxtaposition of the author and his creation.
    Written 3 July 2015
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  • Marcus D
    Tartu, Estonia1,289 contributions
    These two statues, the head-and-shoulders bust of FR Kreutzwald (author and father of Estonian national literature) and the War of Independence monument (heroic statue of Kalevipoeg) are located almost side-by-side for good reasons in the narrow park separating Vabaduse Puistee (street) from the Emajõgi (river).
    Kreutzwald composed the epic poem "Kalevipoeg" (first published in the 1850s). Their logical juxtaposition was not planned.
    The War of Independence Monument - the Kalevipoeg statue - is a memorial for the Estonian soldiers who fell during the War of Independence 1918-1920. The statue was erected in the park in 1933.
    The Soviet occupation authorities disapproved of the War of Independence Monument for two reasons. (i) The Soviets had been on the losing side of the War of Independence and (ii) Kalevipoeg - Estonian national hero and freedom fighter - did not fit well with communist ideology. Consequently in 1950, the Soviets removed and destroyed the statue and replaced it in 1952 with the 'head-and-shoulders' bust of the author of Kalevipoeg - FR Kreutzwald.
    In 2002, following the re-establishment of Independence, the current Kalevipoeg statue - based on the original design - was erected alongside Kreutzwald - thus replacing the original and establishing the juxtaposition of the author and his creation.
    Written 3 July 2015
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  • George
    Nicosia, Cyprus1,929 contributions
    Just a small statue by the river of Tartu, at a small park, the Oskar Luts monument which was erected in 1987
    Written 15 September 2018
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