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

Pilgrim’s route

The Karilatsi Open Air Museum

I have known about Karilatsi Museum for a long time. At the beginning it was a modest undertaking, most work was done over four years by teachers and students. The initiator was Kalju Kermas, who had been looking for a suitable site for years. When Karilatsi school was closed down because of too few children, the place was found for a museum that would introduce local traditional culture. The school had been operating there since 1766. The museum opened in 1971, and the surrounding park was established subsequently.

What else is there to see in this beautiful place? Quite a few things, in fact.
– The former centre of Kähri-Karilatsi parish, which includes a communal granary, the first community centre, later used as an almshouse, and the already mentioned buildings.
– a hundred-year-old Dutch-type windmill built on Prangli Island.
– a kiln-house built in 1860, with furniture dating from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.
– old vehicles, agricultural machinery and tools are displayed in the pavilions.
– The Karilatsi Primary School House, built in 1889, is the Museum’s main building. The School exhibition gives an overview of how children in Old-Võru County learned to read. You can go back in time and experience it yourself.

The Karilatsi Open Air Museum is open from 1 May to 30 September daily 9.00–18.00, at other times 9.00–15.00.
Accommodation for pilgrims. Contact: Reet Roop +372 5210671; Reet.Roop@wi.ee

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