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Calendar 2012 of Estonian lighthouses under heritage protection

Calendar 2012 by Museum of Coastal Folk has been published. This time the calendar brings to attention the lighthouses that are under heritage protection

The ruins of the castles, manor complexes and historic churches - they can certainly be regarded as the value of each culture. What about the lighthouses? Are these old buildings the part of our national wealth? Wide world this fact has been realized already and lighthouse tourism even has become as one of the tourism industry branches.

Although Estonia has a long coastline, the coastal and marine culture lacks historical memory. For a long time the aim was to turn Estonia's land facing towards the sea, and part of this process is the valuation of old lighthouses - the buildings that are relevant carriers of a state and nations’ maritime identity. After all, the lighthouse is a monument of sailing history from the time when orienteering with the help of blinking lights on the horizon was the only way to find the right way in the darkness. These large buildings stood firmly on their post in extremely harsh conditions for long decades and centuries, defying the winds and storms, and no doubt, have saved countless lives. However, the ravages of time unmercifully do their work, crumbling the walls and destroying metal constructions.

Of course, there are much more lighthouses in Estonia than you can see in this particular calendar, and each of them is certainly an important part of our maritime history.  However, at present, sixteen lighthouses are taken under the special protection. Why these ones are highlighted among the others? There are several reasons. Kõpu lighthouse is a respectable by its age and it bears an important historical role in the Hanseatic trade.  Lighthouses commissioned from France in the last decades of 19th century (Ristna, Tahkuna Ruhnu) stand out by an innovative technical solution or material characteristics. Käsmu lighthouse, built on the basis of civic initiative has a great historical value and unique place in history of our maritime education. By itself, being in the list of cultural heritage sites does not offer any protection to the lighthouse, but it still gives hope that lighthouses have their place in our cultural heritage of tomorrow.

With this lighthouse calendar Museum of Coastal Folk strives to draw attention to these dignified old navigation marks. Photos in the calendar are taken by Kaido Haagen and on the basis of these photos the artist Anneliis Aunapuu put together quite an eye-catching composition. Perhaps the calendar with the grandiose views and the beautiful details in it will make a person notice and fall in love with the old and noble sea marks. After all, a calendar is a publication that catches the eye of the family throughout the year and with its help Museum of Coastal Folk hopes to strengthen a bit our historical marine identity. 

Source: Museum of Coastal Folk

PS. The calendar can be purchased from ELS CEO Ego Riener, address Lume str 9, Tallinn, phone: +372 50 43 885


Manilaid-Sorgu lighthouse journey - patience do bears fruit!

In spite of the poor and not at all promising weather on Saturday morning, by Sunday we had everything under control and everything was very promising. Unfortunately, there were only 5 of us in sailing boat to leave for Sorgu Island, but nevertheless the weather man blessed us with the warm summer weather, calm sea and mirror-smooth water.

On Sunday morning we managed to start our boat trip towards Sorgu at 9 am and by 1 pm happy enthusiasts of Sorgu were back to the mainland.

Here is also a small photomosaic for you of Saturday evening on Manilaid and Sunday at Sorgu.

Til the next lighthouses!

Maris ja Priit.

Sorgu- Manilaiu trip


Tuletan meelde, et augustisse on planeeritud Sorgule ja Manilaiule minek. Kuupäev 20.-21.august.

Palun anda mulle hiljemalt 11.augustiks teada kes on kindel tulija ja kui on ka teada kus majas soovitakse ööbida, siis palun ka see täpsustada.

Võite ka julgelt helistada, gsm 521 4114.  

Ööbimise hinnad jäävad vahemikku 17 – 35 EUR koos hommiku ja õhtusöögiga. Hipiurg 12 EUR, uneurg, jahimaja, paadimaja 20 EUR inimene. Eurourg 25 EUR inimene. Oleme ise oma perega planeerinud olla saunamajas kuhu mahub veel paar inimest. Hinnale lisandub õhtusöök.

Pilet Manijale 1,60 üks suund. Sorgule paadi hind 8 EUR.

Hetkel isegi tundub, et meil on huvilisi kahe paadi jagu J Sellega peab ka kahjuks arvestama, et äikese ja väga tugeva tuule korral, üle 10 m/s meil ei õnnestugi Sorgule pääseda. Loodame siis aga ilusat ilma ja paadisõidu kõlbulikku tuult J ja õnneks on meil kaks päeva, mille jooksul saab Sorgul käia.

Kui kellegil on lisaküsimusi, andke julgelt teada




8 to 10 July Kihnu Sea Party 2011

Kihnu lighthouse is open to visitors July 8. Free entrance.

Additional information


July 16 in the frame of Tallinn Maritime Days Tallinn lower and upper lighthouses are opened.

During the Maritime Days the Estonian Maritime Administration in collaboration with Estonian Lighthouse Society will open Tallinn lower and upper lighthouses from 18:00 to 21:00 on July 16.

Tallin upper lighthouse is located on Pae street 16, see location

Tallinn lower lighthouse is located on Valge street 3, next to Art Museum (KUMU), see location.

See also


Children's Program in Museum of Estonian Architecture

On Saturday, 28 May at 12.00 and 14.00 and on Wednesday, 1 June at 14.00 and 16.00 in the Museum of Estonian Architecture in the frame of lighthouses exhibition children’s program will take place.

We will talk about the history of lighthouses and their function, introduce Estonian lighthouses and solve exciting assignments! Participation with the exhibition ticket. Additional information.

Suurupi Lighthouse day

On Saturday, June 4 at 12.00 near the Suurupi upper lighthouse Lighthouse day will be held. Welcome all those interested!
See the programme.