Angel’s Bridge

One of the landmarks of Old Tartu is the Angels’ Bridge. It is located on Toomemäe Hill, in a park near the Tartu Cathedral. The bridge holds historical and symbolic significance.

The Name’s Meaning and History of the Bridge

There’s no consensus among the locals about the origin of the bridge’s name. Some believe it derives from the word “English” (in Estonian – inglise), as the Toomemäe park is built in an English style. However, given that the Devil’s Bridge is nearby, the name Angels’ Bridge seems more logical.

The Tartu Angels’ Bridge was constructed in 1838 by architect Johann Wilhelm Krause. It features a relief of the University of Tartu made in 1802, with an inscription that reads: “Otium reficit vires”, which translates from Latin as “Rest restores strength”. The bridge connects two parts of the park and stands a couple of meters above the road.

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Signs and Traditions

Tartu University students have a belief that if you cross the Angels’ Bridge while holding your breath and making a wish, it will surely come true. Typically, young people take a deep breath before stepping onto the bridge and quickly cross it. Why not give it a try? Maybe the bridge has magical powers?

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Other Interesting Sites

  • One of the most famous monuments in Tartu is the sculpture named Father and Son. It’s a great spot for an interesting photo.
  • Near the Angels’ Bridge, you’ll find Town Hall Square. Here stands the fountain of Kissing Students, considered a symbol of Tartu.
  • Also, take a look at Tartu’s monuments. Among them, you’ll find many beautiful and unusual ones.