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Ruins of Tartu Cathedral

Tartu Cathedral (Estonian: Tartu toomkirik), earlier also known as Dorpat Cathedral is one of the landmarks of the Estonian city of Tartu (Dorpat).


The hill on which the cathedral is standing (Toomemägi or "cathedral hill"), was one of the largest strongholds of the pagan Estonians.

The construction of the Gothic cathedral on the north side of the cathedral hill was probably begun in the second half of the 13th century.

The cathedral was completed at the end of the 16th century.

The building is now an imposing ruin overlooking the lower town. In the small part of it that has been renovated is now located the museum of the University of Tartu, which the university also uses for major receptions.


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Taken on April 15, 2012