Tartu Uppsala House

The Uppsala House in Tartu is a typical urban construction of the 18th century. Such houses were inhabited by ordinary townspeople who were not involved in military affairs. From the outside, the Uppsala House is a standard one-story building with a mansard roof. The building is listed in the Estonian architectural monument register.

History of the Uppsala House

The house was named in honor of Tartu’s twin city, Uppsala in Sweden. The cooperation between the cities began in 1988. In 1995-1996, as a sign of good friendship and fruitful cooperation between Tartu and Uppsala, a full restoration of the historic building was carried out as part of the “Restoration of Ancient Buildings” project.

The Uppsala House in Tartu was constructed in 1720. It was one of the few buildings that survived the fire of 1775, which caused significant damage to the Old Town of Estonia’s University Capital. The house acquired its current shape and size between 1777 and 1783 when it was under the possession of craftsmen.

Later on, the Uppsala House was inhabited by the families of secretaries of the court. In the 19th century, the building was equipped with apartments for rent to students studying at the University of Tartu. Today, the building is owned by the city administration of Tartu.

Map Location

Address of Uppsala House in Tartu:
Jaani tn 7, Tartu

Other Points of Interest

  • Be sure to visit the Tartu Town Hall. Today, it hosts a tourist information center.
  • The Devil’s Bridge also holds historical significance for the city and is associated with the name of Russian Emperor Alexander I.
  • One of the city’s most famous landmarks is the Arch Bridge over the Emajõgi River, which is linked to a multitude of quirky stories and student traditions.