Monument to Gustav II Adolf

Jakobi tänav-1, Tartu linn, Tartu

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Gustav II Adolf (1594–1632) was the King of Sweden and the creator of the Swedish Empire, who ascended the throne at the age of 16.
Gustav II Adolf died in the Thirty Years' War at the Battle of Lützen. In 1632, shortly before the battle, he signed the founding document of the University of Tartu, thus being the founder of the University of Tartu.
Otto Strandman was the author of the statue of Gustav II Adolf, which stood behind the main building of the University of Tartu on the King's Square from 1928 to 1950. The statue was removed by the Soviet occupation authorities on 15 May.
In 1992, King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden and Queen Silvia reopened a new monument by Elisabeth Tebelius-Myren.

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  • Wheelchair access

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Located behind the main building of the University of Tartu, on Jakobi tänav.

  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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A must-see for Swedes

Gustav II Adolf founded Tartu, then called Dorpat, and its first university back in the days. This monument is a nice nod to its Swedish roots.



This is what yoju should look when you visit Tartu University

This is a monument to Swedish king Gustav Adolf II. He has a person who has made Tartu University. So when you go to visit Tartu University building, it will be good to see this monument also.



Tribute to the founder of the University

Gustav II Adolf was the founder of Tartu University, therefore the monument stands appropriately close to the main University building, in a small, pleasant square, where Tartu citizens like to...

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