Architecture

Table of Contents

  • What we consider our own

    Estonians are fond of stressing that our ancestors have lived in their present location for thousands of years. The history of architecture in Estonia starts ...
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  • Stone stronghold and fortified church

    The stone stronghold and fortified church were common phenomena in Estonian landscape in the 13th century. In order to keep a tight rein on local ...
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  • Manor houses as the embodiment of the Baltic German culture

    The Baltic nobility managed to erect over 2000 manor houses in Estonia; the first grand manor complexes appeared as early as the 17th century. The ...
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  • Medieval town

    After the Danish and German invasions in the 13th century, it became necessary to build and fortify the trade towns in the occupied territories. Estonia ...
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  • Outside the walls

    One of the major changes in the pre-First World War Estonian town was the emergence of Estonian involvement in the building process — either as a ...
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  • Slum and garden suburb

    Twentieth century towns include two opposite phenomena, both very typical of an Estonian town: slums and garden suburbs. Just as a hundred years ago most ...
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  • Socialist period

    Estonian architecture managed to emerge from the fortunately short-lived Stalinist period (from the end of the war to about 1955) more or less unscathed. The ...
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  • Estonian architecture on the threshold of the 21st century

    Estonian architecture has always been flexible and quick to adapt to the new. Often, however, this has resulted in the mere copying of the great ...
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