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Small borough
Suure-Kõpu Manor
Suure-Kõpu Manor
Kõpu is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Coordinates: 58°19′36″N 25°18′23″E / 58.32667°N 25.30639°E / 58.32667; 25.30639Coordinates: 58°19′36″N 25°18′23″E / 58.32667°N 25.30639°E / 58.32667; 25.30639
Country  Estonia
County Viljandimaa lipp.svg Viljandi County
Municipality Põhja-Sakala Parish

Kõpu is a small borough (Estonian: alevik) in Viljandi County, Estonia. It was the administrative centre of Kõpu Parish.

Suure-Kõpu manor[edit]

Restored interiors of Suure-Kõpu manor.
Restored interiors of Suure-Kõpu manor.

Suure-Kõpu manor (German: Gross-Köppo), located in the village, has a history that goes back to 1487. During the larger part of its history it belonged to different Baltic aristocratic families. After Estonia gained its independence in 1919, the manor began to be used as a school house. The current building was erected in 1847 and is one of the latest classicist manor houses to be built in Estonia. The rather large manor house shows close resemblance with the Kuremaa manor house, which was built by the same architect, Emil Julius Strauss. The manor house was, from the outset, lavishly decorated inside with frescoes and wall-paintings in classicist style, and at a later time Art Nouveau decoration in Papier-mâché and imitation stucco were added. However, during the Soviet occupation of Estonia, these decorations were deemed unfitting and painted over. They were re-discovered in the 1970s and have in recent years been painstakingly restored.[1][2]

Notable people[edit]

  • Allain Tikko, army officer (1979-2009) killed in Afghanistan

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sakk, Ivar (2004). Estonian Manors - A Travelogue. Tallinn: Sakk & Sakk OÜ. p. 286. ISBN 9949-10-117-4. 
  2. ^ Maasen, Sigrid (April 5, 2011). "Rare Frescoes in Suure-Kõpu Manor Open for Public Viewing". Estonian Public Broadcasting. Retrieved February 26, 2013. 

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