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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  • Nice place.

    I liked very much the interior of restaurant and historical fact that this building was previously gunpowder cellar. We were warned by staff at the beginning that the food we will have to...

  • Beers for all

    To me the Pussirohukelder has always existed. So when visiting it ago after five years, it was a kind of nice to see that not everything had changed in Tartu. But on the other hand, I wish they could...

  • Bierkeller with a difference

    Known as the Gunpowder Mills, because this is what it used to be, this place is huge, but the layout is designed so well that even when full of people it does not seem crowded. Baltic herring...


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