Mõisaküla

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Mõisaküla
Flag of Mõisaküla
Flag
Coat of arms of Mõisaküla
Coat of arms
Country  Estonia
County Viljandimaa lipp.svg Viljandi County
Government
Area
 • Total 2.2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Population (2015)[1]
 • Total 838
 • Density 430.0/km2 (1,114/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Mõisaküla is a town and a municipality in south-western Estonia, in Viljandi County, just next to the border of Latvia. It is considered to be the smallest town in Estonia.

The town has 32 streets, with the total length of 15,5 km. There are 401 dwellings in Mõisaküla, consisting mainly of small 1- or 2-floor small houses.

The distance from the closest regional centres are 49 km to Viljandi and 63 km to Pärnu. The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, is 189 km away and the way to the second biggest town in Estonia, Tartu, is 125 km.

History[edit]

Mõisaküla arose on the fens of Abja manor (mõis), after which it is named. It was a large railway hub in the 1920s and 1930s, when two narrow-gauge lines came through Mõisaküla, serving all of Estonia until the 1970s when the Soviets closed both lines.[2] It became a town on 1 May 1938.

A Lutheran church was established in 1934, but was burned and destroyed in 1983; restoration of the church started in 2005 and the church reopened in 2014.[2]

Mõisaküla is the birthplace of Olympic weightlifting medalist Arnold Luhaäär. Luhaäär's medals are on permanent display at the Mõisaküla Museum. It is also the birthplace of stage and film actress Rita Raave.

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mõisaküla linn". mosakyla.ee. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Neil Taylor (1 March 2014). Estonia. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 253–255. ISBN 978-1-84162-487-7. 
  3. ^ "Ystävyyskaupungit ja -kunnat". mikkeli.fi. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 58°05′N 25°11′E / 58.083°N 25.183°E / 58.083; 25.183