Tartu Püssirohkukelder (Gunpowder Cellar)

Restaurant Püssirohukelder, which was used as a gunpowder cellar until 1809, can be found right on the slope of Tartu Toomemägi. It was built in 1767 in the moat that separated the Episcopal Castle from the front stronghold. The cellar was built using the bricks from the ruins of the medieval Maarja (St Mary’s) Church and the walls of the Episcopal Castle. The high ceiling is the most unique feature of Tartu Püssirohukelder.

Interesting facts: - Püssirohukelder has also belonged to the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Tartu that started using the cellar in 1896 to study earthquakes and magnetic phenomena.

Restaurant Püssirohukelder, which was used as a gunpowder cellar until 1809, can be found right on the slope of Tartu Toomemägi. It was built in 1767 in the moat that separated the Episcopal Castle from the front stronghold. The cellar was built u

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  • Food less spectacular than the interior

    Apparently, this is the restaurant with the highest ceiling of the world. And indeed, the ceiling is spectacular. Unfortunately, the food is not that spectacular. Decent would be the best...

  • Amazing experience

    I travel a lot and food is one of the things which impact my travel experience. In Tartu by accident we have found this place. First look: cold place and originally we had planned to have a beer and...

  • Awesome.

    So. I was just trying to get some lunch. So I was thinking where I have not been yet and Püssirohukelder came in my mind. Went there and waiter greeted me instantly when got in. He leaded me to table...


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