Heritage Board catalogs houses in Kuressaare Old Town

Old Town of Kuressaare Source: ERR

The National Heritage Board (Muinsuskaitseamet) photographed the houses in the Old Town of Kuressaare, the capital of Saaremaa, to document their current situation and assess any changes. The photographic material obtained will also be used in compiling the protection procedure which has already begun, something which the National Heritage Board will do for all Estonia's old towns.

The photographs are likely to go down in history, as they preserve the condition of the houses in the Old Town of Kuressaare in 2020, ETV news show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported Tuesday afternoon.

Inventory coordinator Pille Vilgota said that about 300 plots were photographed last year, and about the same number of plots need to be worked on this year as well. 

Keidi Saks, Adviser at the Saaremaa Region of the National Heritage Board, said that currently, the focus is on the external inspection of buildings. 

"The valuable details are determined and written down; the buildings are being specified. In addition to that, we try to get into the buildings as much as possible to look at the interiors, what details are still preserved in Kuressaare," Saks explained. 

Saks said that the results of the inventory carried out this year and last year constitutes a cross-section of what the city of Kuressaare is like now.

Kätlin Kaganovits and Pille Vilgota, who both inventory houses in Kuressaare, confirm that the Old Town of Kuressaare is well maintained. 

"I think it's very nice there is such consistency which can be observed in Kuressaare. That history has managed to preserve historical buildings and avoid any so-called brutal Soviet-era planning method. And this is a big thing in the context of Estonian cities in general," said Kaganovits. 


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Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein

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