Tartu is the second largest city of Estonia, following Estonias political and financial capital Tallinn. Tartu is often considered the intellectual centre of the country, especially since it is home to the nations oldest and most renowned university, the University of Tartu. The city also houses the Supreme Court of Estonia, the Ministry of Education and Research and Estonian National Museum. It is the birthplace of Estonian Song Festivals. Situated southeast of Tallinn and 245 kilometres northeast of Riga, Tartu lies on the Emajõgi, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia. The city is served by Tartu Airport.