Town Hall Square

Tartu, Estonia

The central Tartu Town Hall Square is surrounded by buildings built in the classical style. Since 1998 the square is decorated by the "Kissing Students" fountain. Throughout centuries the centre of town activity has been Town Hall Square, the history of which goes back to ancient times. At that time the market place was the square lying between the fortress on Toome Hill and the harbour on the banks of the Emajõgi River. This tradition persisted for centuries.

The Town Hall of Tartu is located in the Town Hall Square (Raekoja plats) edge. The current Town Hall is the third one on the same site. It is designed by Johann Heinrich Bartholomäus Walter from Rostock, Germany. The construction started in 1782 and was finally completed in 1789. The opening ceremony was held, however, already in 1786. The building represents the most earliest classicism style, but there are also features of Baroque and Rococo styles.

Reference: Tartu Tourism Information

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