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Observation Tower on Suur Munamagi, Haanja

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Suur Munamägi is the highest peak in Estonia, reaching 318m above sea level. It is located near the village of Haanja, in Võru County in the south-eastern corner of Estonia, close to the borders of both Latvia and Russia. The landscape around the peak - the Haanja Upland - is gently hilly.HistoryOn the hill, there have been 5 towers. The first tower, built in 1812, is the subject of a folk legend: it was supposedly destroyed because it confused ships headed toward the coast. The second tower was built in 1870 by a local barman. The tower was 8m high. The tower was popular amongst local people because of its bar. Only 4–5 people fit in the tower and the trees started to ruin the view.The third tower was built on the same building as the second tower. The tower was built up to 12m.The fourth tower was built in 1925, when Estonia was an independent state. The tower was built in 3 months and it was 17m high. The Võru county then built paths for people, cleaned the forest and put benches in front of the tower. The fourth tower was ceremonially opened on 19 July 1925. Soon after that people realized that the wooden tower was old and again the trees started blocking the view — 17 metres was not high enough.The new fifth tower was built of ferroconcrete in 1939. The tower was made 25.7m high. It was built of 36 000 bricks and 80 tons of cement which all were carried up to the mountain. The tower was finished in the same year in June but the ceremonial opening was cancelled because of World War II. The tower was not seriously harmed in war and the repair was made in 1955. The Memorial Museum of Fr.R. Kreutzwald that was at that time the owner of the tower, started to modernize the tower and fix its surroundings.
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  • The hill is really nice and the panorama from the top looks quite beautiful. It was the highest point I have ever been but I'm not sure if it was worth the price. Overall, pretty ok.  more »
  • Use the stairs, so your ascend will be more intriguing. In all way up there will be places to stop and art to look at.  more »
  • The highest point in Estonia from the observation tower, shop souvenirs and historical references on the walls. It was nice to find an electronic terminal to send emails with images of towers, could not resist and posted a few on new year's Eve (Tower worked!). At this year's new year's day was cloudy and rainy, but say that in clear weather review tower at 50 km (!) in all directions. At the foot of the Hill, by the way, how will the ladder, dushevnejshee family Café;)
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