Tartu is a modern city with a rich historical heritage and culture. In contrast to Estonia's political and financial capital Tallinn, Tartu is often considered the intellectual and cultural hub, especially since it is the home to Estonia's oldest and most renowned university. It is the cradle of the Estonian Song Festival, the Estonian theatre and the Estonian state. Tartu is the intellectual capital of Estonia where national awareness and the culture of Estonia were born. More than 4,000 various cultural events take place in Tartu, there are interesting tourism attractions, many cosy restaurants, accommodation places, convention venues and the spirit of Tartu.