Suuremõisa, Hiiu County

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Suuremõisa Manor
Suuremõisa Manor
Suuremõisa is located in Estonia
Coordinates: 58°52′N 22°57′E / 58.867°N 22.950°E / 58.867; 22.950Coordinates: 58°52′N 22°57′E / 58.867°N 22.950°E / 58.867; 22.950
Country  Estonia
County Hiiu County
Parish Pühalepa Parish
 • Total 8.1 km2 (3.1 sq mi)
 • Total 299
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Suuremõisa (German: Großenhof) is a village in Pühalepa Parish, Hiiu County in northwestern Estonia.

The village has 299 inhabitants and therefore is the largest village of the municipality.

Soviet Estonian politician Meta Vannas (1924–2002), was born in Suuremõisa.

Suuremõisa Manor[edit]

Suuremõisa is the site of the grandest baroque manor ensemble in Estonia. Although the history of the estate can be traced back to at least the 16th century, the current building was erected in 1755-60 by the Stenbock family. The architect supposedly was Joseph Gabriel Destain. In 1772, the main house was extended with two one-floor wings and a ceremonial courtyard. Inspiration for the architecture, notably the hipped mansard roof and the two wings, came from Ulriksdal Palace in Sweden. The building ensemble still displays some of the original details, like the fine carved baroque main door.[1][2]

The manor has belonged to several well-known members of the nobility, both Swedish and Baltic German, for example Jacob De la Gardie (1583-1652), who, among other things, was Governor-General of Estonia, and his son Axel Julius De la Gardie (1637-1710), who held the same office. One of the most infamous and colourful landlords was Otto Reinhold Ludwig von Ungern-Sternberg (1744-1811), who practiced wrecking and was sent to Siberia in 1804 as a punishment for murdering a Swedish skipper. His extraordinary life has inspired both literary works and plenty of local lore.[3]

The manor is surrounded by an English-style park.[4]


  1. ^ Sakk, Ivar (2004). Estonian Manors - A Travelogue. Tallinn: Sakk & Sakk OÜ. pp. 338–339. ISBN 9949-10-117-4. 
  2. ^ Hein, Ants (2009). Eesti Mõisad - Herrenhäuser in Estland - Estonian Manor Houses. Tallinn: Tänapäev. p. 44. ISBN 978-9985-62-765-5. 
  3. ^ Sakk, Ivar (2004). Estonian Manors - A Travelogue. Tallinn: Sakk & Sakk OÜ. pp. 338–339. ISBN 9949-10-117-4. 
  4. ^ "Suuremõisa castle". Visit Estonia. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 

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