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Tartu Cathedral, Estonia
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Tartu Cathedral, earlier also known as Dorpat Cathedral is one of the landmarks of the Estonian city of Tartu (Dorpat). The building is now an imposing ruin overlooking the lower town. In the small part of it that has been renovated is now located the museum of the University of Tartu, which the university also uses for major receptions.HistoryThe hill on which the cathedral later stood, on the Emajõgi River, was one of the largest strongholds of the pagan Estonians, and the strategic nature of the site makes it likely that it had been since the earliest times. It was destroyed in 1224 by the Christian invaders of Livonia. Immediately after the conquest the Christians began construction of a bishop's fortress, the Castrum Tarbatae, on this strategic spot. .The construction of the Gothic cathedral on the north side of the cathedral hill was probably begun in the second half of the 13th century. It was surrounded by a graveyard and houses for the members of the cathedral chapter. The cathedral was dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul, who were also the patron saints of the city. It was the seat of the Bishopric of Dorpat, and one of the largest religious buildings of Eastern Europe.
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  • Thome Hill. Now it is ruined. Its ruins still remind his former. Is the trace of a magnificent Church, built about 150 years from the late 13th century.
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  • The impressive cathedral at the top of the Hill. In fact, is a ruin, but very picturesque. In the altar of the Museum.
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  • The impressive ruins of a large Gothic Cathedral, which was begun in the 13th century and already at the end of the Livonian war in the 16th century destroyed at the Hill of Tartu.
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