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War of Independence Monument and FR Kreutzwald statue

These two statues, the War of Independence monument (heroic statue of Kalevipoeg ) and the... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2015
Derettens O
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Tartu, Estonia
Epic hero

Almost a century ago, when Estonians become independent and free for a very first time in modern... read more

Reviewed 4 November 2017
DejanNS72
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Novi Sad, Serbia
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Reviewed 3 July 2015

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.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 27 November 2017
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 8 September 2017
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 28 December 2016
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Date of experience: September 2016
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