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Russalka, Tallinn

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Russalka represents a memorial to the imperial sailors who lost their lives when the namesake ship was sunk in the nearby Gulf of Finland. Visit the statue, situated near Tallinn's Kadriog Park, and you'll find a carved stone monument topped by a bronze angel. The seaside area was chosen to represent the memory of the men aboard ship and their connection to the ocean. Note the Orthodox cross in the angel's hand (Estonia at the time was a part of the Russian empire), which points toward the final resting place of the wreck and her crew. With our online itinerary creator, Tallinn attractions like Russalka can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Within walking distance of the Palace Kadriog, crossing a part of the Park, you will find this magnificent bronze sculpture, as a Memorial of a sunken ship in 1902, conducted in Finland. If you have the opportunity to get there would def recommend, also because a few meters you will find the beaches of Estonia!
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  • August 11, 2017
    Interesting monument I didn't intend to visit but stumbled across en route from Kadriorg to Song festival grounds. Very interesting and worth a stop.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This monument stands in a square next to the beach of icy waters. Is the first bronze monument made by an Estonian sculptor. Mark the wreck of a Russian warship.
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  • June 3, 2017
    A beautiful memorial to heroic seamen and their tragedy. It is very nice and appropriate, postioned right on the shore. If you are exploring the Kadriorg park like, that would be a good walking target.
  • June 20, 2017
    In fact Russalka was a name of the ship and this is a monument for their crew. On the other hand it's a well known meeting place especially for the people attending gigs at Tallinna lauluväljak which is pretty close.
  • April 21, 2017
    Russalka Memorial Monument The Russalka Memorial is a bronze monument sculpted by Amandus Adamson, erected on 7 September 1902 in Kadriorg, Tallinn, to mark the ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Russian warship Rusalka, or "Mermaid", which sank en route from Tallinn to Finland in an autumn storm in 1893. The monument depicts an angel holding an Orthodox cross towards the assumed direction of the shipwreck. During the Soviet rule the cross was removed and the angel pointed to the sea with her bare hand. The model for the angel was the sculptor's housekeeper Juliana Rootsi, whose grandson is the politician Tiit Made. This monument is a favourite place of Russian-speaking people to leave there a lock with written names to make an oath of everlasting love, especially during wedding. You’ll find there quite a big collection of such locks. Worth to visit on your way to Kadriorg Palace.
  • May 21, 2017
    Monument in a memory of a sunken sovietic ship and all people died in this tragedy
  • January 12, 2017
    Beautiful commemorative sculpture. Particularity beautiful when covered with snow.

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