Tartu Katariina House

When walking in the Old Town of Tartu, head also for the other side of the riverbanks where you will see the early classicist Pistohlkors or Katariina House. It is a building from the 18th century that used to belong to Lieutenant WC von Pistohlkors. The interior design of the building’s hall in the style of Louis XVI is worth special attention. Tartu Town Museum is currently located in Katariina House.
Interesting facts: - people know the house as Katariina House. There is a legend according to which Empress of Russia Catherine II (Katariina in Estonian) stayed in this house. However, there is no truth in the legend. - The house was designed by famous architect JHB Walter, who also designed the Town Hall of Tartu.

When walking in the Old Town of Tartu, head also for the other side of the riverbanks where you will see the early classicist Pistohlkors or Katariina House. It is a building from the 18th century that used to belong to Lieutenant WC von Pistohlkors.

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  • A gem in a great historical setting of Catherine The Great house

    A small yet very dense in content a gem of a museum. From a large display of Tartu's city plan of XVII century, with amazing artifacts from the times immemorial, this little museum can be your guide...

  • Must visit

    Many beautiful things to see and learn, I liked the "pink room", the ancient coins, the old city maps of Tartu and the blue vase

  • Good insight on Estonia history

    We visited the Museum as part of a business trip to Tartu. The rooms are lovely decorated and well preserved. We had a guided tour from oen of the curator which brought everything to live. She...


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