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Carillon of Tartu Town Hall

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Raekoda, 51003 Tartu
Phone 1789

The Carillon of Tartu Town Hall

Since Christmas 2001, both locals and visitors have been enjoying the chimes of  the Town Hall, which until October 2016, were performed on 18 bells manufactured in the Karlsruhe Bell Factory. To mark the 15th anniversary of the carillon, 16 new bells were cast by one of the world’s most reputable bell-makers – the Royal Eijsbouts Belfry in the Netherlands – to complement the 18 existing bells. The smallest of the bells weighs 8 kg, the largest 96 kg.

To achieve the best harmony of the bells, the 18 old bells were returned to the Karlsuhe Bell Factory for restoration.  

The new carillon of Tartu Town Hall was opened with a show of beautiful music, fire and dance on the 28th October 2016.

With 34 bells, the carillon in Tartu is now internationally recognised as the biggest in Estonia. The new carillon makes it possible to offer more exciting musical experiences. The chimes have become one of the favourite attractions of tourists from around the world, and enhanced bell-ringing options are sure to bring more townspeople to the Town Hall Square to enjoy these beautiful sounds.

The production, delivery and installation of the 16 new bells cost €55,000  and tuning the 18 old bells required an additional €15,000. Private persons and companies donated €39,718 for the carillon during a fund-raising campaign.

Tartu is grateful to everyone who contributed to the beautiful bells of the city!

For further information, please contact: Carillon Project Manager, Merle Kollom, telephone: +372 521 6996.


August 2022

Daily program

  •    9 am: Olav Ehala "Tartu kellad" / "Bells of Tartu"
  • 12 pm:  Viktoria Grahv "Improvisatsioon mängutoosis" / "Improvisation in the Music Box"
  • 3 pm:  Eeva Talsi "Kaugel külas" / "In a Distant Village"
  • 6 pm: Léo Delibes "Waltz" from the balley "Coppelia"
  • 9 pm: Merle Kollom`s fantasy about the Estonian lullaby "Viire takka" / "From Behind the Horizon"

    Special program

    Love Film Festival Tartuff - August 1-6
  •    9 am: Olav Ehala "Tartu kellad" / "Bells of Tartu"
  • 12 pm:  Arne Oit "Mis värvi on armastus?" / "What Colour is Love?"
  • 3 pm:  G. Weiss, H. Peretti, L. Creatore "Can't Help Falling in Love"
  • 6 pm: Arne Oit "Mis värvi on armastus?" / "What Colour is Love?"
  • 9 pm: G. Weiss, H. Peretti, L. Creatore "Can't Help Falling in Love"

    The Day of Estonian Restoration of Independence - August 20
  •    9 am: Juhan Aavik "Hoia, Jumal, Eestit" / "God, Protect Estonia"
  • 12 pm:  René Eespere "Ärkamise aeg" / "The Era of Awakening"
  • 3 pm:  Peep Sarapik "Ta lendab mesipuu poole" / " Flying Towards the Hive”
  • 6 pm: German folk song "My Dear Fatherland"
  • 9 pm: Gustav Ernesaks " Mu isamaa on minu arm" / "My Fatherland is My Love"

Last changed 01.08.2022