Purtse ( German Alt- Isenhof ) is a village (Estonian küla ) in the Estonian Ida- Viru. It belongs to the rural community Lüganuse. Purtse has 322 inhabitants. The village lies on the River Purtse ( Purtse Jõgi ), which flows north of the village center in the Gulf of Finland. There is also a small marina.

Vassal castle Purtse

The village was already mentioned in 1241 in Liber Census Daniæ. The manor Purtse was first mentioned in documents in 1421. It belonged to the 17th century Baltic German noble family von Taube (from Tuve ). Around 1530 was John of pigeon on the east bank of the river, the three-storey fortified manor house built of stone. It served both residential as well as defensive purposes. The walls were very thick with a thickness of 2.35 m. On the western part of the castle is a rectangular tower connects with a tiled roof. The door and window opening and the loopholes are designed in the style of the early Renaissance. A hypocaust heated the large hall on the second floor. Probably more buildings were made ​​with mashed, which are no longer preserved.

The Good Purtse was badly damaged in the Great Northern War, but later rebuilt. 1731 acquired the Czarist statesman and Major General Otto Magnus von Stackelberg ( 1704-1765 ) Purtse. Since him and his descendants included the neighboring estate Püssi, Purtse was neglected and later used as a granary.

1918/19, the Estonian government expropriated the manor as part of the comprehensive land reform in Estonia. After the Soviet occupation of Estonia, the castle fell into disrepair. It was renovated in 1987-1990 and since then looks in new splendor. Today there many events, concerts and exhibitions. A small restaurant attracts locals as well as tourists.


On the hill Hiiemägi (such as " mountain of the holy grove " ), in the possible location of a place of worship of pre-Christian Estonians, located since 1991, planted with oak and lime Park. He is all the victims of tyranny, including the victims of communism dedicated. In the middle of the park informed a "map of the sufferings of Estonia " about the deportations of Estonians to Siberia under the Stalinist dictatorship.