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Kadriorg Palace (Kadrioru loss) (Tallinn)

Tallinn Kadriorg Palace

Kadriorg Palace is a magnificent royal residence that constructed by Romanoff Imperial family. Central palace is surrounded by a beautiful park with a network of hiking paths.



Weizenbergi 37

Tel. 606 6400

Open: May- Sept 10am- 5pm Tue- Sun

Oct- Apr 10am- 5pm Wed- Sun




Description of Kadriorg Palace

Kadriorg Palace was constructed in 1718- 25 under orders of Russian tsar Peter the Great as a summer residence for the imperial family. It was named Kadriorg, which means "Catherine's Valley" in Estonian. Catherine was a widow of soldier who was killed in the battle against the Russians. She herself was captured and eventually became a wife of an emperor and later Empress Catherine I.


Tallinn Kadriorg Palace Tallinn Kadriorg Palace

Peter I didn't spare any expenses for his beloved so he hired an Italian architect Nicola Michetti to design a palace in a Baroque architecture. The centerpiece of the royal residence was its magnificent Great Hall. The main building consists of three floors in an Italian Baroque architectural style. Today it houses a Museum of Foreign Art and a museum dedicated to Russian Emperor Peter I. In 1933- 34 Kadriorg Palace was increased in size. Conservatory and banquet hall was added under the supervision of an architect A. Vladovsky.

Park that surrounds the Kadriorg Palace covers an area of about 100 hectares. Old ponds (including Swan Pond) were excavated during the construction of royal complex. They get their water through the channels from the nearby Lake Ulemiste and springs at the base of Lasnamyagi.

Kadriorg Park is dived between Lower Park and Upper Park along with the palace itself. Part of the park also serves as the residence of the President of Estonia. Alleys are lined by several sculptures of prominent Estonian sculptures.



Mermaid Memorial Sculture

Battleship Mermaid Memorial Sculture

The most famous sculpture of Kadriorg Palace park complex is a 16 meter monument to Russian battleship "Mermaid" that was built in 1902 by the Estonian architect Amandus Adamson to mark ninth anniversary of its unfortunate sinking. Mermaid memorial is depicting a female angel figure with a cross in her hand and sending a blessing to a site where Russian battleship "Mermaid" sank en route to Finland on September 7, 1893.

Battleship "Mermaid" is a Russian military ship that belonged to the Russian Imperial Navy. It sank in a storm killing 177 sailors and officers. The area around the monument is surrounded by stone columns connected by chains. Metal plaques that are attached to columns list the names of the crew.