Monument to declaring the independence of the Republic of Estonia

Rüütli plats, Pärnu linn, Pärnu

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The monument depicts the balcony of the historical Endla Theatre in the original size. The authors K. Eelma, M. Aas and M. Mutso have chosen the sturdy granite as the material. One of the most important aims of the monument was to make the message or the text of the manifest visible. The manifest of independence is written on the wall of the balcony in the old and modern language, and Braille. "Manifesto to the Peoples of Estonia" was publicly read out for the first time on February 23, 1918 from the balcony of the Endla Theatre and Society House which stood where Pärnu Hotel is today.

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  • Wheelchair access

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On Rüütli Square in the centre of Pärnu, behind the bus station, at the end of Rüütli Street.

  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Little of interest

Not of much interest to foreign tourists as the manifesto has not been translated. \ Give it a miss.

George A

George A


Located on the Rüütli Square, a memorial dedicated to the proclamation of the Republic of Estonia on February 23, 1918



The square is under refurbishment but this is a good try

The fact that the theatre where independence was declared was blown up in the 1960's is one of many scandals of the occupation era

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