Theme Week Estonia – Kuressaare

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Kuressaare Castle © Stefan Hiienurm/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kuressaare Castle © Stefan Hiienurm/cc-by-sa-4.0

Kuressaare is a town on Saaremaa island in Estonia. It is the administrative centre of Saaremaa Parish and the capital of Saare County. Kuressaare is the westernmost town in Estonia. The recorded population on 1 January 2018 was 13,276. The town is situated on the southern coast of Saaremaa island, facing the Gulf of Riga of the Baltic Sea, and is served by the Kuressaare Airport, Roomassaare harbour, and Kuressaare yacht harbour.

Kuressaare’s historic name Arensburg (from Middle High German: a(a)r: eagle, raptor) renders the Latin denotation arx aquilae for the city’s castle. The fortress and the eagle, tetramorph symbol of Saint John the Evangelist, are also depicted on Kuressaare’s coat of arms. The town, which grew around the fortress, was simultaneously known as Arensburg and Kuressaarelinn; the latter name being a combination of Kuressaare—an ancient name of the Saaremaa Island—and linn, which means town. Eventually, the town’s name shortened to Kuressaare and became official in 1918 after Estonia had declared its independence from Bolshevist Russia. Under the Soviet rule, the town was renamed Kingissepa in 1952; after the Bolshevik Kuressaare-native Viktor Kingissepp executed in 1922. The name Kuressaare was restored in 1988.

Kuressaare © Hiiumaamudeliklubi/cc-by-sa-4.0 Hotel Ekesparre Residence © panoramio.com - alku/cc-by-3.0 © Leon petrosyan/cc-by-sa-3.0 Main street © Beentree/cc-by-sa-4.0 Kuressaare Castle © panoramio.com - Laima Gutmane/cc-by-sa-3.0 Kuressaare Castle © Stefan Hiienurm/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Kuressaare Castle © panoramio.com - Laima Gutmane/cc-by-sa-3.0
The medieval episcopal Kuressaare Castle today houses the Saaremaa Regional Museum. The original wooden castle was constructed between 1338 and 1380, although other sources claim a fortress was built in Kuressaare as early as 1260. In 1968, architect Kalvi Aluve began studies on Kuressaare Castle.

The town hall was originally built in 1654, and restored, retaining classicist and baroque features. It was last restored in the 1960s with dolomite stairs at the front. St Nicolaus Church was built in 1790.

The annual Saaremaa Opera Days (Saaremaa Ooperipäevad) have been held in Kuressaare each summer since 1999. Other festivals include Kuressaare Chamber Music Days (Kuressaare Kammermuusika Päevad), held since 1995 and Kuressaare Maritime Festival (Kuressaare Merepäevad), held since 1998.

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