Russalka
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The 'Russalka' monument is a memorial in classic style to those who lost their lives on the Russian navy vessel of the same name. It is situated just opposite Kadriorg Park in Tallinn. The sculpture, created by Amandus Adamson in 1902, was placed by the sea where the promenade from Kadriorg Palace comes down to meet the Bay of Tallinn. The monument depicts an angel pointing an Orthodox cross in the direction of the sunken ship. Did you know...? *During the Soviet era the Orthodox cross was removed from the statue, which simply indicated the direction of the Russalka with its now empty hand
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
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Jul 2022
This huge monument is located on the shores of the Gulf of Finland in Tallinn's Pirita, on the edge of Kadriorg Park.

Russalka is a memorial to the sinking of the Russian battleship Rusalka which sank en route to Finland in 1893. The bronze monument depicts an angel holding an Orthodox cross in the assumed direction of the shipwreck.

Russalka was completed in 1902. It is the first monument made by Estonian artist, the sculptor Amandus Adamson.
Written July 21, 2022
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George Meredith
Windsor, Canada1,026 contributions
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Sep 2016 • Couples
In 1893 the Russian ship Russalka sank in a storm on the way from Tallinn to Helsinki. Russians visit the monument because its a memorial to a Russian ship. Estonians are proud of this monument because it was one of the first sculptures by Estonian sculptor Amandus Adamson. The model for the angel was Adamson's 'housekeeper' Juliana Rootsi whose grandson today sits in Parliament. The winged angel is depicted with a gold gilt Russian Orthodox cross casting a blessing for the lost sailors in the direction where the ship sank. This is a solemn memorial to the lost sailors and a nice sculpture to visit right near Kadriorg Palace.
Written October 11, 2016
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Peter S
Hillsborough, UK105 contributions
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Sep 2019
As a monument, it is in the formal style that is considered appropriate for such memorials all over the world. When we were there there were extensive roadworks and landscaping taking place all around it, which will look wonderful when completed, but which currently make the entire site appear disorganised. Approaching the memorial from Kadriorg park, it is worthwhile making a detour to explore a delightful Japanese garden (signposted).
Written September 16, 2019
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Jan V
Sofia, Bulgaria6,897 contributions
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May 2019 • Friends
Maybe because the area was undergoing refurbishment works, it was quite unpleasant visiting. Further Rialka is just a statie amidst a heavy boulevard and can't impress.
Written May 2, 2019
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DeanMurphy2020
Orlando, FL7,631 contributions
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Aug 2016 • Friends
This bronze sculpture was created by Amandus Adamson, who erected it on September 7, 1902, in Tallin’s Kadriorg (Catherine’s Valley). That date marked the ninth anniversary of the sinking of the Russian warship, Rusalka (Russian for mermaid), which sank en route to Finland. Surprisingly, this is the first monument in Estonia created by an Estonian sculptor, who modeled the statue after his housekeeper. The monument depicts an angel holding an Orthodox cross pointed in the direction of the shipwreck. More than a monument, this site marks Estonian history, and is a part of the country’s culture.
Written September 30, 2016
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allengreg
Portland, OR21 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Solo
A very nice walk along the Tallinn waterfront takes you by Russalka--lots of drinking going on, but a nice, safe walk
Written September 23, 2015
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0swald
Tallinn, Estonia53 contributions
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Dec 2013 • Couples
made by world famous sculptor Amandus Adamson to memory of mariners of sunken Russian warship at the 2nd half of 19th century...
Written January 8, 2014
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Henry
Havant, UK549 contributions
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Dec 2019 • Family
Just wondered past, good place to remember the lives lost, not necessarily a place that needs it's own visit. Has some nice benches nearby that look out to the port and the strait of Finland
Written December 27, 2019
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Richard C
Neston, UK111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
It was not worth going to see Russalka alone, but it is close the Park with its art gallery and the house of Tsar Nicolas. You can see the beach as well as the Cruise Ships from the statue.
Written August 8, 2018
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JanetCorradini
Middleton, WI193 contributions
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Aug 2017
This is a very pretty statue at the waterfront. The story goes that it marks the location of where a boat sank. Not otherwise a lot to see here.
Written December 6, 2017
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