Saaremaa

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Winter at Saaremaa

Kuressaare Castle. December 4th, 2012.

The Castle is unique, being the only intact medieval fortress in the Baltic countries. It was built of local dolomite with the purpose to house the Bishop of Saare-Lääne (Ösel-Wiek) when he was visiting Kuressaare. The oldest part, the Tower of Tall Hermann, is dated back to 1260. The main part of the building was built in the 14th century. In the 16th century the Bishop sold the castle to the Danes, since the outbreak of a war changed the political situation in the area, and it were the Danes who created the moat around the castle. The area was then taken over by the Swedes and then by the Russians who modernized the building. In 1836 the castle was sold to the Knighthood of Saaremaa who restored it during the 19th and 20th centuries. The castle is now owned by the Regional Museum of Saaremaa and houses several exhibitions. Photo: Sander Ilvest

Voluntary work cleaning the ice from snow before having the joy of ice-skating. 2011. Photo: Egon Ligi

Tradition in Saaremaa Ühisgümnaasium (the Gymnasium): Winter swimming on the Estonian national holiday, singing the Estonian national anthem. February 24th, 2011. Photo: Raul Vinni

The old Kuressaare fortress has been used by many generations of Kuressaare people as one of the best sledging-hills on Saaremaa Island. 2009. Photo: Raul Vinni

Winter sun goes home to sleep - as seen from North bastion of the Kuressaare fortress. 2009. Photo: Raul Vinni

Skating is a joy for children and adults. Ice rink on moat-ice nearby East bastion of the Kuressaare fortress. 2009. Photo: Raul Vinni

 

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