Kuressaare Town Hall

Kuressaare, Estonia

Kuressaare town hall was built in 1654-1670. The initiator of town hall building was count M. G. De la Gardie. Town hall is simple and dour but appears to be grand representative of so called northern baroque the decoration of which is hewed portal that dates 1670.

Reference: Visit Estonia


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Founded: 1654-1670
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Estonia
Historical period: Part of the Swedish Empire (Estonia)


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User Reviews

Cybervibe (13 months ago)
Some of the best fish I've ever eaten. Cool atmosphere and nice waiters. Highly recommend!
Bruno VAN DEN BOSSCHE (13 months ago)
Superb building perfectly located in front of the castle ... actually the building on its own is worth a visit. Service is very good. The food is also very good. More of the brasserie type as opposed to the fine cuisine. Simple and fishy but good quality.
Laura Aavik (15 months ago)
Very beautiful and friendly service. Would reccomend. Always ready to help you. Good french fries.
Elvis Kõll (15 months ago)
Location/Interior - 5/5 - Romantic historical building, nicely renovated. Possible most posh place to eat in town. Service 5/5 - I don't remember anything about the service - so as it should be. Food/Value 4/5 - Maybe little too pricey, but the fish was something you cannot get elsewhere.
Margus Rebane (15 months ago)
We came here for quick lunch. There is a lot of staff and not full house but we had to wait around 10 minutes to get served. It looks like kitchen is super busy as they forgot to add half ingredients to my salad. It got fixed in the kitchen when I pointed out missing one written in menu. The taste was good though. Overall I can recommend this place but there are better places with cheaper places around.
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