Did you know that Estonia has more than one capital?
While the official capital of Estonia is Tallinn, the country is unique because it has more than one recognized capital. In fact, it has several capitals that change throughout the year. Tartu is established as the “cultural capital of Estonia”, while Parnu is known as the “summer capital”.
Tartu is located in the south of the capital Tallinn. It is a city inhabited by young people – a fifth of all locals are university students. The city homes the oldest Estonian University and is a unique place full of historical heritage and culture. Tartu is the academic capital of Estonia and even though there are a lot of higher educational institutions, the city is most proud of one of the oldest universities in the Baltic States – UT.
The University of Tartu dates back to the early 17th century and is one of the oldest universities in the Baltic States. The first students enrolled at the end of April 1632 and thus began a new era for Estonian education. Back in the day, the Academy in Tartu had philosophy, law, theology and medical faculties. Now it has over 60 Bachelor‘s, 72 Master‘s and 34 Doctor courses and is still growing. The UT aims to be an internationally recognised university, the centre of research and the source of academic spirit in Estonia.
Tartu Town Hall Square. The statue in the middle of the fountain characterises the romantic student life. It is the most famous meeting point in Tartu.
Photo captured by @mamtukta