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Main building of Kalvi Manor
Main building of Kalvi Manor
Kalvi is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Coordinates: 59°28′49″N 26°47′17″E / 59.48028°N 26.78806°E / 59.48028; 26.78806Coordinates: 59°28′49″N 26°47′17″E / 59.48028°N 26.78806°E / 59.48028; 26.78806
CountyLääne-Viru County
MunicipalityViru-Nigula Parish
First mentioned1485
 • Total51

Kalvi is a village in Viru-Nigula Parish, Lääne-Viru County, in northeastern Estonia.[2] It's located about 4 km (2 mi) north of the TallinnNarva road (part of E20), 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Aseri and 7 km (4 mi) northeast of Viru-Nigula, on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. Kalvi has a population of 51 (as of 1 January 2012).[1]

Kalvi is best known for its Medieval manor. It was first mentioned in 1485. The owners von Lodes had built there one of the grandiosest vassal fortresses in Estonia. Ca. 30 m wide trapezoid-shaped castellum type fortress was probably built in the beginning of the 15th century. It is also possible that the manor had existed already in 13th–14th centuries.

A new Early-Classical main building was erected on the eastern wing of the fortress, by the von Essens. In 1910, it burned down and was replaced by a new luxurious eclectic main building nearby in 1913. The manor was owned by the von Stackelbergs until 1940. Nowadays, a hotel and a restaurant operate in the building.[3][4]

Russian military commander Ivan Essen (1759–1813) was born in Kalvi Manor. Soviet Estonian political leader Johannes Käbin (1905–1999) was born in Kalvi before emigrating to Russia.



  1. ^ a b "Asukoht ja rahvastik" (in Estonian). Aseri vald. Archived from the original on 2012-07-22.
  2. ^ Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements 2014 (retrieved 28 July 2021)
  3. ^ "Kalvi mõis" (in Estonian). Estonian Manors Portal. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Kalvi küla" (in Estonian). eestigiid.ee. Retrieved 14 November 2012.

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