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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  • Awesome!

    The interior is amazing, you don't expect to see such a space and atmosphere after walking in. Food is very tasty, nice selection of beers and helpful staff. This was my favourite place in Tartu. You...

  • Poor service, noisy, basic

    After entering this place, which is worth seeing although that quickly wears off, like a giant cellar, we had to wait a long time before anyone bothered to show us to a table. We were led to a table...

  • Great space, good food

    A fascinating, must-see space. I had the mushroom soup in a bread bowl, then the pike-perch with french fries. Both dishes were very good, as was the bread. A Belgian draft beer and the house red...


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