Struve’s Geodetic Arch – UNESCO World Heritage

Struve’s Geodetic Arch – UNESCO World Heritage

Uppsala tänav 8, Tartu linn, Tartu

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On 15 July 2005, the geodetic arch created at the initiative of F.G.W. Struve, an astronomer from the University of Tartu, which was a meridian section for measuring the shape and size of the Earth between 1816–1855, was entered into the list of UNESCO World Heritage. The 2,820 km arch reaches from Northern Norway to the Black Sea.

34 of the original measuring points are known to exist; three of those are located in Estonia. In Tartu, the part of UNESCO World Heritage belonging to Struve meridian arch is the Tartu observatory. A plaque indicating the location of the arch is located outside the Observatory.

Times and prices

Wednesday–sunday: 12:00 - 18:00
Monday–tuesday: closed

01.10–31.05

Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Monday–friday, sunday closed

  • Free of charge

  • Free of charge

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Getting there

Observatory, by which you will find the plaque, is 280 m from Tartu town hall square.You can get to Observatory if you climb the stairs behind the town hall. The nearest parking spaces are on Lossi, Vallikraavi and Ülikooli streets (A area). The closest disabled parking space is 100 m from Lossi 36 building.

Access
  • Signposted
  • On foot only
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eilasep

eilasep

Worth a visit

This Unesco World Heritage site has plenty to offer both inside the observatory of Tartu and outside having lots of attractions.

2017Helen

2017Helen

Walking tour

This is well worth a visit especially at night in the winter as the xmas light around the area give a beautiful view.

LMOverby

LMOverby

worth a stop

A tribute to one of the leading lights in 19th century astronomy and a major contributor toward accurate surveying, the Struve Monument is worth stopping to see while you're exploring the Tartu...

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