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Haapsalu

A bit of history In 1715, the Russian Tsar Peter I first visited the city of Haapsalu by sea, together with Admiral General Apraksin. He stayed at the clerk’s office of Enkin. This wooden burgher house was built at the end of the 17th century and has been preserved to this day. The owner himself, a simple and business man, liked Peter so much that he appointed him the first Russian city mayor in Haapsalu. Also preserved is the “Peter Stone” on the forest road, where his carriage turned over. Peter I wanted to establish a harbor in the city of Haapsalu. And in 1798, Alexander Gorchakov was born in Haapsalu, a fellow practitioner of A. Pushkin in the lyceum, who later became the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia. Later, in the 19th century, many royal persons came to rest here. In the past, Haapsalu became famous for its healing mud. The energetic doctor Karl Abraham Hunnius discovered the healing properties of the Haapsalu mud. He was the first to use it for his patients against rheumatism, nervous, skin and other diseases. Famous Russian surgeon Nikolai Pirogov came to get acquainted with the healing properties of this mud. Beautiful nature, wonderful air, the silence of the coastal pine forests, a warm bay with picturesque thickets of reeds attracted many people here. In addition, sea bathing has become a fashionable treatment method. In 1805, the first bathhouse was built in the bay. Haapsalu has become a famous seaside resort. And in 1825 the first mud clinic was opened. The news about the properties of wonderful mud reached St. Petersburg and its high society, and many began to come here for treatment and rest. Therefore, two more mud baths were soon opened. And in 1876 regular flights were introduced between St. Petersburg and Haapsalu. Tagalaht Bay, Promenade, Kurzal and the African beach became the center of the resort of Haapsalu. In 1867, Pyotr Tchaikovsky spent the summer in Haapsalu. Here he began to write his first opera Voevoda. Haapsalu is dedicated to the series of pieces for piano “The Memory of Gapsal”, which includes three plays: “The Ruins of a Castle”, “Song without Words”, “Scherzo”. They say that while walking in Paralepa, Pyotr Ilyich heard the Estonian folk song “Dear Marie”, its variations are heard in the second part of his Sixth Symphony. In memory of his beloved composer, the former Mere Street and the coastal alley is named after him. In memory of Pyotr Ilyich, concerts of music by P.I.Tchaikovsky are held every summer in Haapsalu. Many other famous people have also visited Haapsalu, such as the Russian writer D.N. Mamin-Sibiryak and the poet G.R. Derzhavin. The artist Nikolai Roerich also visited Haapsalu. Today’s Haapsalu Today’s Haapsalu lives on holiday. Take some time to visit it, only then you will understand the special character of this city. Admire the picturesque panorama of Haapsalu from the upper platform of the 38-meter watchtower of the episcopal castle. Visit the largest one-nave medieval church in the whole Baltic. To get acquainted with the ruins of the old bishop’s castle, which keeps the legend of the ghostly vision of the White Lady. You can also visit the museum of the episcopal castle, get acquainted with the medieval history of the city, see the unique weapons of the 15-16 centuries. The Läänemaa Museum can tell the whole story of western Estonia and Haapsalu. A museum of the history of the Estonian railway has been opened at the railway station in the imperial pavilion. The city of Haapsalu can offer lovers of culture spicy pieces of art, theater, literary, architectural or musical art. The environment encourages you to enjoy nature and enjoy sports: cycling, fishing, street basketball, fencing, athletics. And it is no coincidence that the White Lady rally is of great interest. Indeed, athletes not only from all over Estonia participate in traditional competitions. Traditional mud therapy is still at a high level. Three mud baths – Leine, Bergfeldt and Fra Mare – await their patients. All of them differ from each other in the types of services. In Haapsalu, guests do not need to worry about overnight: there are hotels, pensions. And the inhabitants of the city will be happy to invite you to relax. As the famous doctor Dobroslavsky (1893) said: “Haapsalu resort is a place where you can be treated and have a good time relaxing.”

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