Tartu Travel Blog› entry 3 of 26 › view all entries
The first written records of Tartu date from 1030 which were approx. 976 years earlier than I visited Tartu the first time. Every time I come there I still have the same feeling inside of me as the first time because this is a place where time stands still and moves fast at the same time.
Walking in the city centre around the town square and the university gives me this calm feeling of joy and appreciation of the history that was. Many of the houses are well renovated and stands in the same glory as the day they were built as a proof of wealth and hope for the future.
The university was the centre piece in belief of the future.
In the main building of Tartu University which I think is a wonderful building and was built in the years 1805-1809 in the classical style, you can find the oldest museum in Tartu University - the Art Museum. One of the small treasures is the Botanical Gardens of the University, which was founded in 1803-1806 and adds charm to the ruins of the Tartu town wall and the bastion on the right bank of the River Emajõgi.
Today Tartu is a city with a population of more than 100,000 and the second largest city of Estonia. Modern times have now arrived here with steel and glass office buildings and several shopping malls. There has also been built an enormous amount of apartment buildings, especially along the Emajõgi River, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia, and flows in a total length of 10 kilometres within the city limits and adds freshness and colour to the city.
In the period from 2004 to 2007, there has been built apartment houses as investment in a large scale, almost an endless increase of prices on the houses were the main driver. But as many other places today a beginning recession have now left many of the projects empty, which is a shame in a country that still needs re-housing of some people from the old wooden apartments from early last century. Another factor of growth has been the young people move from the country side and into the larger cities like Tartu.