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Tartu Vabadussammas - Kalevipoeg

Tartu Statue of Liberty - Kalevipoeg

Kalevipoeg (Kalev's son), figure form Kreutzwald's epic poem
Ekke Väli & Amandus Adamson

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Bronze statue of Kalevipoeg


1918 1920

Information Sign

[Text in Estonian]

Tartu Statue of Liberty commemorates the heroes who fell in the War of
Independence (1918-1920). It was unveiled on September 17, 1933.
Sculptor Amandus Adamson chose Kalevipoeg, hero of the Estonian nationa;
epic, as the symbol of liberty. The socle of the statue was designed by sculptor
Aleksander Eller.
The Statue of Liberty was destroyed by the occupying authorities on
April 28, 1950. It was replaced in 1952 with the monument of F.R. Kreutzwald,
author of the national epic "Kalevipoeg".
The restored statue was unveiled in June 22, 2003.
The statue was modelled by sculptor Ekke Väli, with sculptor Endel Taniloo
as the consultant. The pedestal was designed by architect Tiit Kaljundi.


The memorial Kalevipoeg to the soldiers who fell in the War of Independence, which was created by sculptor Amandus Adamson, was removed by the Soviet occupation authorities in 1950. A monument of Kreutzwald was erected in the same sport in 1952. Restoration of the statue of Kalevipoeg had been discussed since 1988, but things finally started moving in 2002 after the exhibition ‘Kalevipoeg in Sculpture'. Sculptor Ekke Väli recreated the statue on the basis of photos and experienced sculptor Endel Taniloo helped him as a consultant.

Tartu - Tartu Vabadussammas - Kalevipoeg


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Item Code: ee092; Photograph: 8 July 2013
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