Maarjamäe Palace

Tallinn, Estonia

Maarjamäe or Orlov’s Palace was commissioned by Count Anatoli Orlov-Davydov from St. Petersburg. The historicist limestone summer residence on the seashore was designed by architect Robert Gödicke. In the 1930s the building housed a magnificent restaurant – the Riviera Palace. In 1937 the Estonian Air force Flying School obtained the building, the Soviet Army took over in 1940. The restored palace opened its doors to the public as a branch museum of the Estonian History Museum in 1987. Today it holds permanent and temporary exhibitions about Estonian history.

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Maarjamäe 8, Tallinn, Estonia
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Founded: 1874
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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R. Nelson (2 months ago)
Very informative museum about the history of Estonia. At Maatjamäe castle is also the film museum located.
Mark N (2 months ago)
Good place to learn a bit about soviet/Estonia history
Anton Babenko (3 months ago)
Very interesting historical museum. Especially for kids.
Johannes Ebert (5 months ago)
????? It’s a nice place to go. Even without entering this whole area feels peaceful, quiet and many things to explore. ????
Neil McGonigle (11 months ago)
Really nice place to visit. Lovely views to Tallinn and also houses a collection of old Soviet statues that have been stored in various pieces since being removed from places across Estonia after independence. There is a very rich history about this building going back 100s of years. Worth googling.
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