Russian History Tour

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Estonia’s time under the Russian empire, from 1710 to 1918, had a large impact on the period’s culture. Some of Estonia’s most stunning architecture, like Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, commissioned in 1718 by Peter the Great for his wife Catherine, or wooden lace adorned buildings, were erected during Russian rule. In the 19th century, spa culture came into fashion and tourists flocked to seaside resorts like Haapsalu, Pärnu and Kuressaare for curative mud treatments. Long before this, however, the Lake Peipus region of Estonia has been home to Russian Old Believers, a religious cultural group.

Sites along route
  • 1

    Starting point

    Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

    Churches

    Lossi plats 10, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10130

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  • 2
    Patarei Prison and Sea Fortress exhibition area

    Historical buildings

    Suur-Patarei tänav-24, Põhja-Tallinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10415

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  • 3
    Kadriorg Park

    Parks & Gardens

    August Weizenbergi tänav 10, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10150

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  • 4
    Kadriorg Palace

    Castles & Manors

    August Weizenbergi tänav 37, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10127

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  • 5
    Peter the Great House Museum

    Museums & Galleries

    Mäekalda tänav 2, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10127

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  • 6
    The Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent)

    Churches

    KULLAMAJA, Kuremäe küla, Alutaguse vald, Ida-Viru maakond 41201

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  • 7
    Mustvee Old Believer’s Museum

    Museums & Galleries

    Narva tänav 22, Mustvee linn, Mustvee vald, Jõgeva maakond 49604

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  • 8
    Kolkja Museum of Old Believers

    Museums & Galleries

    Ranna tänav 17, Kolkja alevik, Peipsiääre vald, Tartu maakond 60306

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  • 9
    Museum of Living History in Varnja

    Museums & Galleries

    Kesk tänav 78, Varnja alevik, Peipsiääre vald, Tartu maakond 60305

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  • 10
    Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Pärnu Transformation of Our Lord Church

    Churches

    Aia tänav 5, Pärnu linn, Pärnu 80011

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  • 11
    St. Catherine's Church in Pärnu

    Churches

    Vee tänav 8, Pärnu linn, Pärnu 80011

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  • 12
    Haapsalu Railway Station

    Historical buildings

    Raudtee tänav 2, Haapsalu linn, Haapsalu 90504

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  • 13
    Tchaikovsky's Bench in Haapsalu

    Sculptures & Monuments

    P. Tshaikovski puiestee, Haapsalu

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  • 14
    Haapsalu Resort Hall

    Historical buildings

    Promenaadi tänav 1, Haapsalu linn, Haapsalu 90502

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  • 15
    Africa Beach and Promenade

    Water adventure

    Promenaadi tänav, Haapsalu

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  • 16
    The Museum of Russian Icons

    Museums & Galleries

    Vene tänav 6, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn 10123

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Times and prices
Open all year round

Is open 24 hours

Features and amenities
Getting there
Access
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By car
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