24 July 2015

#932 Pärnu, Estonia

Pärnu County (EstonianPärnu maakond), or Pärnumaa (GermanKreis Pernau), is one of 15 counties of Estonia. It is situated in south-western part of the country, on the coast of Gulf of Riga, and borders Lääne and Rapla counties to the north, Järva and Viljandi counties to the east, and Latvia to the south. In January 2013 Pärnu County had a population of 81,428 - constituting 6.3% of the total population of Estonia.

You will find a mysterious cave in the steep riverbank in Tori! The place has been known as Tori Hell (Tori Põrgu) as you can go deep into the ground from the cave. This is the reason why there are so many folk stories and legends about the place.

The cave was created by the water in the streams eroding the Devon sandstone bank of the Pärnu River. The opening of Tori Hell was 6 metres in diameter and some sources say that the ‘passage to hell’ was 32 metres long. The ceiling of the cave collapsed in 1908 and its mouth in 1974. You can no longer go into the cave, but steps by the cemetery gates will take you to this beautiful and mysterious place.

Urbanuse Church in Varbla was built in 1861 and it is a neo-gothic building with white plastered walls, one nave, a slender tower and high narrow windows. The modest interior of the church is balanced out by the lush interior characteristic of the churches of coastal Swedes. The inside of the church looks like an overturned boat – an impression created by the beams that curve downwards. The church has three alter paintings from the 17th century and a pulpit in neo-gothic style.

Kihnu lighthouse is situated on the southernmost tip of Pitkänä peninsula. It was brought here in 1864 from England, dismounted, and was reassembled on site. It is one of four cast iron lighthouses that remain standing on our shores. The tower is white, conical in shape and equipped with a lamp locker and balcony. The height of the light from sea level is 31 m and 29 m from the ground.

Sent on: July 23, 2014
Received on: July 24, 2015

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