First record about Tartu's town privileges

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1262

Record of the Town Council is the first hard evidence that Tartu held the town privileges, unfortunately it is unknown when these were granted. It can be presumed that it received them much earlier, perhaps around the same time as Tallinn. Unlike Tallinn, however, which received privileges under Lübeck law, Tartu's were granted under Riga law.

With some concession, 1030 can be seen as the year Tartu gained the town privileges: prince Yaroslav the Wise captured Tartu's fort and built Yuryev's fort and settlement there.

This date should still be considered as the first mentioning of Tartu, as the prince probably did not grant the official town privileges to the settlement.

 Image source: http://et.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilt:Tartu_coat_of_arms.svg

 

 


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