The tour of Alexander I in Estonia

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May 1804

In 1804 Alexander I organized special trip to Estonia. He was accompanied by high state officers, e.g. Adam Jerzy Czartoryski and Nikolai Novosiltsev. On 9 May he reached Tallinn where he met the leading figures of the province, army and city, explored the sights and visited two balls and two switchovers.

He also listened to the reports about the situation and history of the province. Also, the emperor was interested in the implementation of the peasantry regulative "Everyone" which was confirmed by it in 1802, the emperor hoped that the peasantry reforms of the Baltics soon end with the loss of the serfage and is an example also for the rest of Russia.

Alexander headed from Tallinn to Paldiski, then to Haapsalu and finally to Virtsu manor where he stayed for the night on 12 May.

On 13 May he travelled from Virtsu to Muhumaa and thereafter to Saaremaa where he examined Kuressaare bishop castle in detail.

On 14-15 May he was in Pärnu and Viljandi, on 16-17 May in Tartu. There he examined the offices, library and the dissection room of the university. In the evening he had a long conversation with rector Parrot.

 

Sources: Vene valitsejad: valitsejaportreed Eesti kunstikogudes.

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