Kalevipoeg – War of Independence Monument

Kalevipoeg – War of Independence Monument

Vabaduse puiestee, Tartu linn, Tartu

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Kalevipoeg is the Estonian national epic about the adventures of the hero called Kalevipoeg.

In 1950, the memorial Kalevipoeg, which was dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in the War of Independence, was taken down by the occupying power. The monument was built by Amandus Adamson. In 1952, the monument to Kreutzwald, the Father of Song, was erected at the same location. Discussions over restoring the memorial Kalevipoeg were held since 1988, but in 2002, when the exhibition ‘Kalevipoeg in Sculpture’ took place, the restoration proptly started. Sculptor Ekke Väli modelled the momorial on the basis of photos, and he was consulted by Endel Taniloo, a senior sculptor,  during the restoration of Kalevipoeg.

Times and prices
Open all year round

24 hours

Features and amenities
  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

The monument is located in a park near River Emajõgi, behind the Tartu Public Library.

  • Signposted
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
Stops nearby
Bus: Vabaduse puiestee, Raeplats
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