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Pärnu

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Name and address

Pärnu

EE-80011 Pärnu

Geodetic coordinates

58.385223 24.499409

Communication

Pärnu, centrum
Pärnu, centrum
Pärnu, city hall
Pärnu, city hall
Pärnu, Rüütli street
Pärnu, Rüütli street
Pärnu, Tallinn Gate
Pärnu, Tallinn Gate

Pärnu is a resort seaside city (and Estonia's summer capital) with a small harbour in south-western Estonia.

Understand

The city is known for its spas, shallow white sandy beach and beautiful parks. It is also a popular place for conferences, theatre performances and concerts. In 1838 the first spa was opened and nowadays Pärnu is a health resort of international stature.

During the Great Northern War, the University of Tartu was relocated to Pärnu from 1699-1710. Tartu University still has a branch campus there today.

Since 1996 Pärnu has been known as Estonia's Summer Capital. Beach life, dozens of festivals, night clubs, big party crowds, concerts and funfairs - Pärnu has it all.

See

  • The old town with buildings even from Medieval times.  
  • Beautiful wooden villas.  
  • The beach park and promenade.  
  • Art galleries. Lydia Koidula and Modern Art Museum and City gallery 
  • Pärnu Town Hall, Nikolai tn 3. The Town Hall is located in a house built in 1797 by the merchant P.R. Harder. In 1804, the Russian czar Alexander I stayed in this house during his visit to Pärnu. A new art nouveau building with neo-baroque details was completed in 1911 to the north side of the town hall. 
  • Church of Jekaterina, Vee tn 8. Completed in 1768, the Church of Jekaterina is the most style pure and ample baroque church in Estonia. The church has influenced the development of orthodox church architecture in whole Balticum. To this day Pärnu Russian congregation operates in the church. 
  • Seegi Maja (the Almshouse), Hospidali tn 1. Seegi Maja (the Almshouse) is known to be the oldest building in Pärnu. It was built in 1658 on the remains of the old almshouse of the Holy Spirit's Church as a shelter to the sick and the cripples.Based on research on the wooden raft under the basement of the building, the old almshouse dates back to 1250-1350. The building was restored to look the way it did in the 17th century. It houses the St. Peterburg Hotel and the restaurant Seegi Maja.
  • Eliisabet's Church, Nikolai tn 22. Eliisabet's Church, inaugurated in 1750, is the most outstanding sacral building of the Baroque period in Estonia. One of the best organs in Estonia is in Eliisabet's Church and the place is popular as a concert hall among music lovers. 
  • Pärnu Museum, Pärnu Museum´s permanent exhibition provides an overview of 11,000 years of history in Pärnu County through exciting exhibits and displays that introduce the life and conditions of the various eras. Opening hours Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00, Mon closed. June-August: 10:00-18.30. Adults 4 €, family 10 €. +372  44 33 231

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