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Photobox: Castles of Estonia

by Peter Kessler, 20 January 2013

Kadriorg Palace stands within its own grounds on the northern side of Weizenbergi street in Kadrioru park in Tallinn. This is part of the leafy district of Kadriorg, which lies to the immediate east of central Tallinn. The Russian empire captured Estonia as a prize from Sweden in 1710, during the Great Northern War, and although the Baltic German nobility largely remained in charge, Russian influences began to be felt. Kadriorg Palace was built as a resplendent summer residence under the orders of Czar Peter I (1682-1725) for Empress Catherine. Construction began in 1718 under Niccolo Michett. Today it serves as the official residence of the president of the republic of Estonia.

All photos on this page copyright © Marina Merkulova.




Main Sources

Praust, Valdo - Most Beautiful Manors and Castles, Grenader Grupp, Estonia, 2004

Online Sources

Estonian Manors



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