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31. Oct 2024 - 5. Oct 2025

“Invisible city. 800 years of the city of Tartu”

11:00 - 17:00

Tartu city | TÜ muuseum

  • Exhibition/museum
  • Lisaprogramm
8 - 10 €


It's an exhibition about Tartu's history.

This year, 800 years have passed since the beginning of the city of Tartu – Toomemägi was at the centre of events back then.

University of Tartu Museum exhibition ‘Invisible city. 800 years of the city of Tartu’ takes us back to medieval Tartu. The exhibition focuses on the historical events that marked the birth of the city, as well as the city’s appearance and its inhabitants during the first hundred years. For example, the visitors will find answers to the questions of what took place in 1224, how much of the medieval cityscape has been preserved to this day, how the Tartu residents dressed and what they ate in the 13th century and what their daily life was like. The visitors can thus learn how much the Tartu residents’ looks and activities have changed over 800 years.Landscape and cityscape models
Landscape and cityscape models based on the latest research have a prominent position in the exhibition. For the first time, we can see what Tartu’s natural landscape looked like 10,000 years ago and understand why the city was established in this particular area. The ancient stronghold and settlement of Tartu 1000 years ago and the cityscape at the beginning of the 14th century are exhibited virtually.

The oldest preserved city model of Tartu dates from 1686 and is now located in the Swedish Army Museum. An exact copy of the model has been created for the exhibition, making it possible to see and study it for the first time in Estonia. Archaeological finds from Tartu and Tartu County are displayed at the exhibition as well.

Exhibition “Invisible city. 800 years of the city of Tartu” paints a picture of early medieval Tartu, making invisible layers of history seen again.

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