Saaremaa Island is the jewel of the Baltic Sea and of my heart

Kuressaare fortress

As a child, I lived on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The city of Kuressaare on the Saaremaa Island in the western part of Estonia gave me pleasant memories of my childhood. Kuressaare marked by the red pin on map screenshot. This part of Estonia is very rich in historical sites. I do not have the opportunity to write about all. Today I want to show you some great photos of those places provided by Olga Abramova, who still lives there today.

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The main attraction of the city is the Episcopal Castle. Construction of the fortress began in the second half of the 13th century and lasted for about 70 years. This is a very beautiful medieval building in the Gothic style. The wall thickness sometimes reaches 3 meters. Since 1865, local history museum housed in the fortress, which has some interesting exhibits.

In the 14th century the settlement, and later the city of was formed around the fortress. Kuressaare has many buildings of 18-19 centuries in the classical style and also an earlier period, such as the Town Hall (17th century) with Baroque portals and the House of Weights and Measures (17th century). In the late 18th century, the citizens were obliged to build stone buildings and fire-resistant roof.

Thus the characteristic form of the old city was formed: cobbled streets, low wooden or stone houses with red-tiled roofs, white stone fences. In the middle of the 19th-century, medical mud was discovered and the first mud baths were opened.

Almost perfectly round lake Kaali, fall of the meteorite formed has a diameter of about 100 meters. The lake is surrounded by a 16-meter shaft, which was created a result of the explosion. A few smaller lakes are close by. Kaali has long been considered a sacred place, where the locals were doing ritual sacrifices.

I spent a lot of time during my childhood, exploring these magnificent places. I think it made me an artist.

Saaremaa fortress
Saaremaa fortress
Saaremaa fortress in winter
Saaremaa fortress in winter
kuressaare-town-hall
Kuressaare Town Hall
Kuressaare Town Hall Fragment
Kuressaare Town Hall Fragment
Kuressaare
Kuressaare
House of Weights and Measures
House of Weights and Measures
Saaremaa sanatorium
Saaremaa Sanatorium
Kuressaare Street
Kuressaare Street
Kaali Lake on Saaremaa
Kaali Lake on Saaremaa
Saaremaa landscape
Saaremaa landscape
Saaremaa sea shore
Saaremaa sea shore
Causeway between the islands
Causeway between the islands

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