Käru (Kerro) was established as an estate in the mid-18th century. The present building was built in 1878 and designed by Riga architect Robert Pflug. It is an eclectic building with mainly neo-Renaissance elements. It was damaged during the Revolution of 1905 and also during World War II. The manor house ensemble has several well-preserved and unusual outbuildings and annexes. Explorer Karl von Ditmar was the landowner of Käru and economist Ragnar Nurkse (1907–1959) was also born in Käru Manor. In the 1920s the manor started to work as a school. After the new school building was closed, the house was sold into private ownership.

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Founded: 1878
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Russian Empire (Estonia)

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The mansion
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Beautiful but unfortunately unmanaged and partly abandoned
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hea koht
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Erakordselt kurb koht.
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