PILGRIMAGE
A Spiritual and Cultural-Historical Journey
from Pirita to Vana-Vastseliina

Pilgrim’s route

From Kiviloo through Rooküla to Pikva


  

We start again at the Kiviloo manor – through the gates and to the left. Once on asphalt road, we turn left once more. The road runs across the Jõelähtme river, soon a sign confirm that we have left Kiviloo, leaving behind the former Harju-Jaani parish and Raasiku rural munici-pality; we are now on the land on Kose parish in Anija rural municipality. Where exactly the borders and of which municipalities will run here after the administrative reform, is not yet clear. We pass Lükati bus stop and a sign for Rooküla.

  

  

We have the next brief stopover on Rooküla village square, in a pretty fir copse by the Jõelähtme river. A good place for a traveller to rest his feet. Everything anyone needs is here: benches, a place to build a fire, shelter from the rain, and of course a toilet, all in impeccable state. We reached this place within an hour.

  

  

Across the road from the village square is the place where Rooküla manor house was established in the 17th century. Today, its former location is marked by nothing else but a small park with an old alley.
After the Rooküla bus stop, we take the first road to the left, the Rooküla–Pikva road. It feels nice to get off the tarmac.

  

  

After awhile we see farms on both sides of the road, first one on the right, the second on the left just after a bend. We then come to a crossroad where our path turns sharply down and right. We walk a bit in the forest, then arrive at a burned-down farmstead; soon after this we see another farm on the left. We press on, until the Rooküla–Pikva road takes us to the Kose–Kehra road. We now turn left towards Pikva.

  

A bit further from Mesila bus stop and on the left we come to the grand Vana-Tõlla house for holding parties. It was rebuilt from the former outbuilding of the Pikva manor. Soon enough, we come to the Pikva manor and chapel.



Daila Aas, 2017