Püssirohukelder

Tartu, Estonia

In 1763 Russian Empress Catherine II ordered to fortify Tartu again. It was decided to build a gunpowder magazine (Püssirohukelder) in the former city moat. The responsibility of the building was assigned to Field-Marshal General de Villebois. His engineers started to build magazine in 1768. The bricks are brought from the old Mary Church (about where the University Main Building is now) and the ruins of the bishop settlement on Toome Hill demolished in 1708. The magazine completed in 1778.

Today Püssirohukelder offers Estonian and German dishes and has room for up to 300 people.

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Lossi 28, Tartu, Estonia
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Founded: 1768-1778
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Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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4.4/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Ricky Löfqvist (6 months ago)
Excellent as last time. Lots of Good food and okay prices. Starters are Huge. Free bread with food is a nice touch
Veronika Jallai (6 months ago)
I like this place! Very authentic and has it's own spirit. Waiters are polite,food is tasty! Soup in the bread bowl with forest mushrooms is my favorite!
International Use (8 months ago)
Lovely place to visit on a cold day. Fine soup in a loaf. Fast n friendly service
Elizabeth Toney (10 months ago)
Really cool looking place, beer is great. Service is slow. Food is dated. When the menu says crab claws, they mean those stuffed battered fried things. Cauliflower on the appetizer menu is also fried, unexpected but good. Most tasted that it came from a frozen bag you can get at the grocery store.
Dace Janis Maslovski (11 months ago)
Nice place, large space, we were 7 persons and were served in moderate time. Kids had fun initially but went a little crazy because of waiting time. Soups were delicious. Chicken fillet was a bit too dry and the Est national potato barley mash did not seem really authentic. Staff very nice and friendly. Honest 4 stars.
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