Aleksander I in transit to Memel

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The emperor Alexander I visited Estonia for several times. Already before getting to the throne he had stayed here in the embassy of Paul I.

The first independent trip to Estonia took place in 1802 when he travelled to Memel (Klaipeda) to meet Friedrich Wilhelm III, King of Prussia. On his way he stopped in Narva as well as in Tartu.

The last stop was quite long and important, as the emperor examined the newly opened Tartu University and had a long conversation with its first rector Georg Friedrich Parrot with whom he had friendly relations. Reform-minded, educated and much travelled Parrot was one of the most important influencers of the young emperor in carrying out the reforms having taken place at the beginning his reign.

Sources: Vene valitsejad: valitsejaportreed Eesti kunstikogudes.

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