sights in estonia

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sights in estonia

  1. 1. Sights in Estonia Liisa Lind Everiin Lill
  2. 2. The Old Town of Tallinn Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league, this enclosed neighbourhood of colourful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches is, quite rightly, the citys biggest tourist draw.
  3. 3. Kõrvemaa Landscape Reserve Kõrvemaa Landscape Reserve covers an area of 204 sq km The area is rich in protected plant species (in previous years 23 species of orchids have been found here), a number of rare bird species nest here, including golden eagle, lesser spotted eagle and black stork; wood grouse are also found here.
  4. 4. Sääre Tirp The 3km long gravel ridge in Kassari, stretching to the sea - Sääre Tirp is one of the most beautiful and loved places of Hiiumaa. The story of the formation of the place is connected with a legend according to which Leiger, an ancient hero of the island, attempted to build a bridge between the Islands of Hiiumaa and Saaremaa.
  5. 5. Kaali Meteorite Craters The Field of the Kaali Meteorite Craters in Central Saaremaa is the rarest nature remembrance in Estonia, being at the same time also the most impressive field of craters in Eurasia. The biggest crater has a diameter of 110m and is 16 meters deep. There are eight craters found in the surrounding area. The Kaali Meteorite is the last (ca 7500 yrs ago) giant meteorite fallen to the densely inhabited area in the world.
  6. 6. Piusa caves The Caves have been formed a consequence of the digging of glass sand by hand in the years 1922-1966 and are a system of passages with arched ceilings and sandstone columns. There is a 1.4km study trail, which aims to introduce the ecosystem of the heath forest, typical of the surroundings of the Caves, and to offer hiking opportunities in the curative air of the pine forest.
  7. 7. Jägala waterfall The Jägala waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Estonia. The fall is 8 meters high and about 50 meters wide.
  8. 8. Kumu Art Museum Opened in 2006, the Kumu is the impressive new main building of the Art Museum of Estonia.Holding Estonian art from different eras, it is naturally a magnet for every visitor interested in Estonian culture. The immense, hightech facility serves both as a national gallery, displaying the classics of Estonian art, and as a contemporary art museum, showing off the latest trends.
  9. 9. Kadriorg palace Italian master architect Niccolo Michetti designed this magnificent, Northern Baroque palace in 1718 at the request of Russian Tsar Peter the Great, who intended to use it as a summer residence for the royal family. The emperor named the estate for his wife Catherine I (Catherine is Kadri in Estonian), hence the name of the area. The palace is now home to the Kadriorg Art Museum.

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