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Kuressaare Episcopal Castle
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Country Estonia
Place Saaremaa island, Kuressaare
Short Description The convent building of Kuressaare castle is the only medieval fortification in the Baltic States that has not undergone considerable alterations and due to that is an internationally important architectural monument.
Visitors 2010
Website www.saaremaamuuseum.ee

The history of Kuressaare Castle started in the end of 13th century when the Long Hermann tower was built. The Long Hermann is the central tower of the circle-walled castle. The stone castles' task was to be the administrative centre of the certain area, to make the gathering of rather large crowds of people possible. In addition, the architecture of the fortress offered protection in case of uprisal or war. In the beginning of 20th century, the castle was restored for Saaremaa knighthood residence.

Interesting to know: Some researchers had suggested that on the place of the current stone castle could have been the wooden one already in 11th century.


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About the Heritage Site

  • Country: Estonia
  • Location: Saaremaa island, Kuressaare
  • Type of location: Best survived medieval episcopal castle in the Baltics
  • Experience offered:
The convent building of Kuressaare castle is the only medieval fortification in the Baltic States that has not undergone considerable alterations and due to that is an internationally important architectural monument. The architectural style, modesty, strictness, grand and monumental beauty offers you not only an aesthetic experience but also many-sided historical information - contact the sense of the past and experience the Middle Ages. The permanent exhibition about the history of Saaremaa is in the cloister of the upper floor and in two big halls.
Bishops dinner in Kuressaare Episcopal Castle - Medieval dinners in medieval environment: Shades of candlelight quiver on the ancient arches of the castle. Exquisite fragrance of oriental spices is in the air. Food made according to historical recipes is served from archaic dishes and platters, wine is poured from pitchers and drunk from goblets. Food is eaten from bread; the only "helper" is a wrought knife. The major-domo explains the table manners and eating habits of those old days. Saare-Lääne bishop welcomes guests, and live music characteristic of that period can be heard. The dinner lasts about 2 hours.Variants of menus and prices 50% of the cost of dinner should be paid in advance one week before its occurence. Foreign groups can use interpreter's services for extra charge.
Lossihoov tn 1, 93815 Kuressaare
phone: +37245 54463; fax: +37245 57556
e-mail: muuseum@muuseum.tt.ee

Accessibility of Heritage Site

  • Opening times:
Kuressaare Castle (Saaremaa Museum)Open from
May 1 to August 30 daily at 10-18;
September 1 to April 30 at 11-18 (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)


  • Entrance fee:
Adults: € 4.00
Family ticket: two adults € 8.00, 1.00€ per child
Pupils and students: € 2.00


  • How to get there
By car: From Virtsu port with the ferry to Kuivastu port and then along 10th road to Kuressaare
By boat: 64 km from Kuivastu harbour, see Tuule Laevad
By plane: The castle is located 187 km away from Tallin airport and 2 km away from Kuressaare Airport (30 minute flight from Tallinn with [www.estonian-air.com Estonian Air]).
By bus: There are bus lines from Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Paide to Kuressaare. For further information see Saarebussijaam.

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Facts about Kuressaare Episcopal CastleRDF feed
Coordinates58° 14' 50" N, 22° 28' 46" E  +
CountryEstonia  +
Heritage Site CategoryCastle  +
PlaceSaaremaa island, Kuressaare  +
Reference Year2010  +
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