Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia

Lasila Manor

Lasila estate dates from the end of the 17th century. The current building was erected in 1862 in a romantic, neo-Gothic style. The interiors were restored in 1976. Embryologist Karl Ernst von Baer spent his early childhood at the manor house, which belonged to his paternal uncle, and a monument commemorating him stands in from of the building. Today, the manor is used as a school.
Founded: 1862 | Location: Lasila, Estonia

Mõdriku Manor

Mõdriku estate (Mödders) was first mentioned in 1470. Over the centuries, it has been the property of various Baltic German families. During the 20th century, it has been used by various schools. The building traces its oldest parts to the 17th century, but has been extensively enlarged and rebuilt both during the 1780's and 1890's. The manor was the home of several successive generations of the von ...
Founded: 18th century | Location: Mõdriku, Estonia

Ohtu Manor

Ohtu manor (Ocht) traces its origins to at least the 17th century. The manor received its current late baroque appearance, possibly the work of architect Johann Schultz, in 1769. The manor suffered from being neglected and eventually abandoned during the 20th century, but has been restored in 2002-2004. Some original details, such as the rococo carved wooden main door and a fine sculpted ashlar fireplace from 1654 (p ...
Founded: 1769 | Location: Ohtu, Estonia

Pirgu Manor

The history of Pirgu Mansion dates back to the 17th century. Earliest document is dated 1662 when mansion belonged to famous Estonian noble family -Ykskyll (Uexküll). Pirgu that was the wooden building back then had no substantial damages during North War (Põhjasõda), but was after this war sold to family Peez to whom it belonged over 100 years. In 1819 Sir Gideon Von Sthal brought Pirgu for 90 000 sil ...
Founded: 1820s | Location: Pirgu, Estonia

Purila Manor

The original Purila Manor was first mentioned in 1513. It was built in Purila, Rapla County and was rebuilt in 1810 and again in 1930s. It was used by Estonian aristocrary, including Friedrich Gustav von Helffreichi, until the 20th century when it was used for education. After World War II it was used by the Soviet Army, including the 8th Estonian Rifle Corps from 1953 to ...
Founded: 1810 | Location: Purila, Estonia

Suure-Lähtru Manor

The history of the Suure-Lähtru estate dates back to the end of the 16th century. During the centuries, it has belonged to several different aristocratic families. During much of the 20th century, the manor was used as a school house. The current building was completed in 1778, and was designed by Johann Andreas Jaenichen, while most of the stucco work was done by Johann Caspar Mohr, who was province a ...
Founded: 1775 | Location: Suure-Lähtru, Estonia

Udriku Manor

Udriku estate (Uddrich) was founded in 1642 and belonged to the Baltic German Rehbinder family until the agrarian reforms following Estonia's independence in 1919. The current, neoclassical building is from 1803, and currently houses a nursing home. Some of the original interiors such as painted ceilings and plaster decorations are still preserved.
Founded: 1803 | Location: Udriku, Estonia

Võisiku Manor

Võisiku estate (Woiseck) was first mentioned in 1558. The current building was constructed in the second half of the 18th century. A veranda was added at a later date. Timotheus Eberhard von Bock (1787-1836), about whom Jaan Kross has written one of his most well-known novels, The Czar's Madman, lived at Võisiku manor. Chess player and endgame composer Friedrich Amelung was born at Võisiku Manor in 18 ...
Founded: 18th century | Location: Põltsamaa vald, Estonia

Ääsmäe Manor

The manor in Ääsmäe traces its origins to 1574, when king John III of Sweden presented the estate as a gift to his secretary Johann Berends. The present building was built in the 1770's when the manor was under the ownership of the Baltic German family von Toll, possibly by designs made by architect Johann Schultz. It is a stylish early classicist ensemble with several preserved original details.
Founded: 1770s | Location: Ääsmäe, Estonia

Põlula Manor

Põlula manor, which has first been mentioned in 1489, has changed hands a number of times. A spacious stone annex was added to the 18th-century wooden two-storey building in the 1880s. Nowadays it is used as a schoolhouse.
Founded: 18th century | Location: Põlula, Estonia

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Augustusburg Palace

Augustusburg Palace represents one of the first examples of Rococo creations in Germany. For the Cologne elector and archbishop Clemens August of the House of Wittelsbach it was the favourite residence. In 1725 the Westphalian architect Johann Conrad Schlaun was commissioned by Clemens August to begin the construction of the palace on the ruins of a medieval moated castle.

In 1728, the Bavarian court architect François de Cuvilliés took over and made the palace into one of the most glorious residences of its time. Until its completion in 1768, numerous outstanding artists of European renown contributed to its beauty. A prime example of the calibre of artists employed here is Balthasar Neumann, who created the design for the magnificent staircase, an enchanting creation full of dynamism and elegance. The magical interplay of architecture, sculpture, painting and garden design made the Brühl Palaces a masterpiece of German Rococo.

UNESCO honoured history and present of the Rococo Palaces by inscribing Augustusburg Palace – together with Falkenlust Palace and their extensive gardens – on the World Heritage List in 1984. From 1949 onwards, Augustusburg Palace was used for representative purposes by the German Federal President and the Federal Government for many decades.

In 1728, Dominique Girard designed the palace gardens according to French models. Owing to constant renovation and care, it is today one of the most authentic examples of 18th century garden design in Europe. Next to the Baroque gardens, Peter Joseph Lenné redesigned the forested areas based on English landscaping models. Today it is a wonderful place to have a walk.