Tartu Cathedral

Lossi tänav 25, Tartu linn, Tartu


Tartu Cathedral, located on the beautiful Toome Hill, is one of the largest churches in Estonia. It is also the only mediaeval church with two spires in Estonia. The construction of the church started in the 13th century and the church was fully completed in the beginning of the 16th century. The spires were the last things to be finished. The church was destroyed in the Livonian War and since then, it has not operated as a church. The ruins of the Tartu Cathedral are one of the most prominent examples of brick-Gothic buildings in Old Livonia.

The University of Tartu Museum, which introduces the history of science and university education, operates there. In addition to the museum, there is also the Toompood store, and visitors can also go to the cathedral’s spires, which offer beautiful views.

National Register of Cultural Monuments.

Times and prices
Open all year round

24 hours

Features and amenities
  • Wheelchair access

Getting there

The closest streets where you can park your car are Lossi, Vallikraavi and Ülikooli. You can lock your bike near the car park.

  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
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Great ruins

Great ruins, possibility to explore the upper floors, which is quite a good experience (it's like a little maze in the air).

Philip P

Philip P

Part of the university's museum. To be combined!

After the museum we strolled through the ruins and walked up the about 100 stairs to the top of the towers. A decor for a Harry Potter movie!

Gene R J

Gene R J

"Gothic Jewel of Estonia" from 13th -16th C.

After climbing Toome Hill to visit the Old Observatory, we decided to explore this cathedral ruins. It's a huge structure of bricks with tall interior arches and even has a tower to climb for a...

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