The earliest records of Albu manor date back to 1282, making it the oldest order manor in Järva County and one of the oldest in the whole of Estonia. The renovations carried out between 1995 and 2000 uncovered some beautiful paintings and sections of building from the 14th century.
The current manor was constructed between 1742 and 1748 when Count Gustav Otto Douglas resigned his post as governor of Estonia and retired in Albu. A school has operated out of the manor since 1921. It presently houses Albu Basic School. For the last seven summers the manor has put on exhibitions of a number of different artists. It is open to all visitors in summer from Wednesday-Sunday 12.00 pm-6.00 pm. In the autumn and spring period it is advised to make a booking to visit the manor.
The Peace Palace (Vredespaleis) is an administrative building and often called the seat of international law because it houses the International Court of Justice (which is the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the extensive Peace Palace Library. In addition to hosting these institutions, the Palace is also a regular venue for special events in international policy and law. The Palace officially opened on 28 August 1913, and was originally built to provide a symbolic home for the Permanent Court of Arbitration, a court created to end war which was created by treaty at the 1899 Hague Peace Conference.