Friday, May 30, 2014

Russalka Monument In Tallinn

The 'Russalka' monument is a memorial in classic style to those who lost their lives on the Russian navy vessel of the same name. It is situated just opposite Kadriorg Park in Tallinn. The sculpture, created by Amandus Adamson in 1902, was placed by the sea where the promenade from Kadriorg Palace comes down to meet the Bay of Tallinn. The monument depicts an angel pointing an Orthodox cross in the direction of the sunken ship. 
Did you know...? *During the Soviet era the Orthodox cross was removed from the statue, which simply indicated the direction of the Russalka with its now empty hand

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Estonian History Museum - Maarjamäe Palace

Maarjamäe Palace along the Pirita promenade is home to a large-scale exhibition devoted to the Republic of Estonia. It tells the story of the birth, development, occupation and second independence of the republic. A variety of objects, documents and stories highlight Estonians' desire for freedom and self-determination throughout the 20th century. 

Estonian History Museum at the Maarjamäe Palace is also home to Estonian Film Museum. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Estonian Film, pop-up museum with an exhibition "Here We Are" was created. Visitors can learn the history through the film production process and hear interviews with directors or famous songs from Estonian films.  
The museum’s courtyard is full of Soviet era demounted monuments offering different kind of view to art.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Estonian Open Air Museum Part III

The Estonian Open Air Museum, located in Tallinn's picturesque, seaside Rocca al Mare district, offers a glimpse into the rural life of the 18th to 20th centuries. The museum is arranged like a village, with 12 farms, a church, a tavern and a schoolhouse. There are also a number of windmills, fishing net sheds, a fire station, a dancing area and a village swing. Conferences and other events can be held in two genuine 19th-century buildings: the Kolu Inn and the Kuie School.

Estonian Open Air Museum Part II

Estonian Open Air Museum. Harju County, Estonia.2014
Just 15 minutes from the city centre of Tallinn is the Estonian Open Air Museum, showcasing the country's rural architecture and way of life.
The 12 farms in the museum provide an overview of how families from different strata of society lived in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. As you might expect to find in any proper village, here there is a church, a tavern, a school house, mills, a fire station, a shop and fishing sheds by the sea. You can buy handicrafts, ride horses and try traditional Estonian dishes at the tavern.
The museum is open year-round.