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Main building of Kukruse manor
Main building of Kukruse manor
Kukruse is located in Estonia
Location in Estonia
Coordinates: 59°23′09″N 27°21′36″E / 59.38583°N 27.36000°E / 59.38583; 27.36000Coordinates: 59°23′09″N 27°21′36″E / 59.38583°N 27.36000°E / 59.38583; 27.36000
Country Estonia
County Ida-Viru County
Municipality Toila Parish
Population (2011 Census[1])
 • Total 52

Kukruse (German: Kuckers) is a village in Toila Parish, Ida-Viru County in northeastern Estonia. It is located by the TallinnNarva road (E20), between the cities of Kohtla-Järve and Jõhvi. Adjacent to the village is a district of Kohtla-Järve sharing the same name, Kukruse.

Before the 2017 Administrative Reform, the village belonged to Kohtla Parish.

As of 2011 Census, the settlement's population was 52.[1]

Kukersite, a marine type oil shale of Ordovician age, is named after Kukruse.

During the road construction in 2009, a cemetery approximately 800 years old was revealed. Fifty graves were studied. The human remains and objects placed in the graves provide a good picture of 13th century society, culture and beliefs. Some of the finds from Kukruse were displayed at the Estonian History Museum.[2]

Kukruse Manor[edit]

Kukruse (German: Kuckers) knight manor was first mentioned in 1453. The present building received its appearance in the 19th century when a second floor was added to the left wing of the originally baroque house.

Several prominent members of the Baltic German family von Toll has lived at Kukruse, namely genealogist Friedrich Ludwig von Toll (1781–1841), historian Robert von Toll (1802–1876) and geologist and Arctic explorer Eduard von Toll (1858–1902).[3]

The manor currently houses a museum named "Kukruse Polar Manor" (Kukruse polaarmõis), which is dedicated to Eduard von Toll and Sannikov Land.


  1. ^ a b "Population by place of residence (settlement), sex and age". Statistics Estonia. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "The Beauty of Kukruse and her contemporaries". Estonian History Museum. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Sakk, Ivar (2004). Estonian Manors – A Travelogue. Tallinn: Sakk & Sakk OÜ. p. 184. ISBN 9949-10-117-4. 

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