The secound tour PDF Prindi

The Second Tour - from Central Square along Tallinna Street.

Let's start at the Central Square which is surrounded by buildings from different eras. The initiator of building the Town Hall was the Swedish landlord Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie. The simple and strict, but impressive building, representing the so - called Nordic Baroque was built in 1654-1670. The Latin text above the portal reads tekst SEMPER OFFICIO FUNGITUR UTILITATI HOMINUM CONSULENS ET SOCIETATI. ANNO MDCLXX (Always asking advice from people, it obeys its duty in favour of society. AD 1670) stresses the public function of the building.
Today the building accommodates the Town Hall Gallery, Tourist Information Office, Registry Office and the Town Hall.

the weighhouseOpposite the Town Hall there is the Market Square and the Weighing House from 1663 that is the last example of that type of building in Estonia. The Weighing House was used for keeping the exact scales for market - trading. The market offers you a diversity of handicraft from different places in Saaremaa.

At the corner of Tallinna and Torni Streets stands the classicist St. Lawrence church. When the mediaeval church was ruined in a fire back in 1612, the town people wished the new one to be built in the new location of the town centre, near the Town Hall.

Going down Tallinna Street you reach the former Court House. It was designed by J. Fr. von Oettinger from Riga and built in the 18th century. The building was called "a pulpit" in people and as well as the court it accommodated the prison, inland revenue office and the police. Today the Border Guard Office of Saaremaa Region and the Customs Office are located in the building.

the theatre of kuressaare On the right there is Kuressaare Theatre. The classicist building is protected as a historical monument as this is the place where the Estonian Society of Kuressaare once started his activities. The Estonian Society of Kuressaare was established in 1886 and it was the first society of Estonians where performances were staged and temperance ideas were promoted.

At the corner of Karja Street you can see the church of the Methodist congregation and here we turn to Pihtla Road where the Bus Station is situated.
At the corner of Tallinna and Hariduse Streets there is the Zion Church, the only church built during the Soviet period in Saaremaa.

You can walk along Komandandi Street to Torni Street where you can find the Post Office in front of you. Round the corner of the Post Office you can get to the market square through the back gate. Then you can see the Market Hall and the old Weighing House. It is also interesting to get aquainted with the old town of Kuressaare when walking along Kauba Street to Pikk Street and back to the town park.


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