Tartu University

Tartu, Estonia

The University of Tartu was established by King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden in 1632, thus being one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. Over the centuries it has been closed down, moved to Tallinn and re-opened by Baltic Germans. After Estonia became independent in 1918, the University of Tartu has been an Estonian-language institution since 1919.

The main building of Tartu University is one of the most outstanding examples of classical architecture in Estonia. The main building was built in 1804-1809 according to university architect Johann Wilhelm Krause’s plans. The opening ceremony of the university’s main building took place on 3 July 1809. Since that day, all major university events are celebrated in the Main Hall. Because of superb acoustics many concerts are held here, and its spaciousness allows for conferences to be held. The hall was re-opened on 3 May 2002 following its last renovation

The university’s four museums, its Botanical Gardens, and sports facilities are, by and large, open to the general public. The University possesses some 150 buildings, 30 of which are outside of Tartu. 31 of its buildings decorate the city as architectural monuments. However, the current reforms include attempts to sell, or have the state co-sponsor, several of these buildings and monuments, as well as sports facilities, as they are not seen as part of the university's mission proper. At the same time, there are numerous recently constructed/renovated university buildings and student dormitories, such as the Technology Institute and the Biomedical Center.

Reference: Wikipedia, Tartu Tourism Information

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Ülikooli 17, Tartu, Estonia
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Founded: 1632
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Swedish Empire (Estonia)

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ZAHID KHAN (2 years ago)
I visited this University during the ERCP Conference to present my paper. It is an excellent University with a rich history. Loved strolling around the fabulous campus, gardens with historical sculptures and modern architecture.
Grit (2 years ago)
The best university in Estonia. Also great in the way the buildings are structured, classes are easy to find.
SiVa Sendhilvelan (3 years ago)
I am doing my 3rd Masters. Thus far of all the institution I have come across, this is the best higher learning institution
Joe Alikhanov (4 years ago)
Great university for doing bachelors degree. Personally, I've graduated Business Administration program here. The University has great professors, who are willing to help you anytime, modern equipment, many different faculties all around the city. Current faculty of business is newly constructed innovative building - Delta Center
Kashif Farooqi (4 years ago)
Amazing University ❤
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