Stenbock House, seat of Estonian government, hosts open house on Friday ({{commentsTotal}})

The government building. Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

On Friday the Government Office is hosting its traditional open house day at Stenbock House, the official seat of the Estonian government, followed by a free concert in the evening.

On the open house day, visitors can peek into the offices of the government and the prime minister, spokespeople for the Estonian government reported. Guided tours will begin on the hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The free concert, which will begin at 6 p.m. in the building's courtyard, features singers and actors Saara Kadak and Rolf Roosalu.

As group sizes are limited, advanced registration is required. Visitors are also asked to carry a photo ID.

Open house days are held every year at Stenbock House. The first time the public was granted free access to the premises was on Aug. 8, 2005, the fifth anniversary of the government's first meeting there.

The building on the northern slope of Toompea Hill was originally intended for use by the provincial court, but upon its completion in 1792 it became the town residence of its builder, Count Jakob Pontus Stenbock, a nobleman with Swedish roots and an estate on the island of Hiiumaa. It was later used for various purposes and began to be used as a courthouse, as originally intended, toward the end of the 19th century.

The building housed courts until 1987, after which it stood vacant until 1996, when a complete renovation of the building began. The newly-renovated Stenbock House became the official seat of the Estonian government in 2000.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik

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