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New! Exhibition about Saadjärve lake

Raivo Laanes_Saadjärv

Saadjärv starts 30 meters from the Ice Age Center. In fact, it consists of two – Lake Suurjärvi and Lake Voldi, or Lake Tabivere.

Saadjärv is the pearl of Vooremaa, which was formed after the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago.

During the movement of the continental glaciers, basins were left between the ridges where the melting water of the glaciers accumulated. Lakes were formed from them.

Many of them have swamped and disappeared over time, Saadjärv remained.

Saadjärv is one of the most storied lakes in Estonian folklore. Supernatural forces and giants have been active in the lake, Kalevipoeg has thrown several sling stones here. The lake itself is said to have migrated a lot and buried a church, a manor and great treasures under it.

This church, which still stands on the lake shore, was painted by the artist Konrad Mägi. Moreover, two notable church ministers worked here – O.W. Masing and A.W Hupel. The church’s piano accompanist was known throughout Estonia as the Äksi witch.

It can be said that the letter “õ” was born by this lake, here is the prelude to the birth of Estonian-language journalism, and here by the lake the first conservation speeches for the preservation of cultural heritage were also born. Come to see this new exhibition in Ice Age Centre and get to know more. 

Curator: Kadri Valner

Text: Kadri Valner, Jaak Alekand, Kaupo Mets, Hannes Jäär

Design: PULT

Supporters:  Leader, Pria, Tartu vald



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