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  • Administration: the story of the bishopric of Dorpat

    The bishopric of Dorpat was the only state unit in Livonia which was one whole dominion. It covered the former Ugaunia (Ugandi) county. The history of the sacral state unit, initially called the bishopric of Estonia then Lihula, is a long and complicated one. It center was moved to Tartu in 1224. … Continue reading

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  • Meteorite falls in Estonia

    Meteorites that have fallen on Estonian territory without leaving remarkable traces: 1821 - a meteorite fell in Kaiavere, near Jõgeva, but only few rumors reached Tartu and a small note was published in local newspaper; 1855 - aerolite shower in Kaande, Saaremaa; 1856 - a unique, glass-like … Continue reading

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  • The story of the Livonian Order

    The successor of the Brotherhood of the Sword, the Livonian Order, was the most powerful military organization in the Medieval Livonia for 300 years. Initially, it devoted to conquering Courland and Semgalia, but in the XIII century, a power struggle with the archbishop of Riga became the main … Continue reading

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  • The story of Johann Koell, Simon Wanradt and the Wanradt-Koell catechism

    The oldest printed texts in Estonian are the fragments of Wanradt-Koell's German-Estonian catechism. It was written by Simon Wanradt and translated by Johann Koell. Thus, preacher Johann Koell is a significant person in the history of Estonian language; he himself was probably of Estonian … Continue reading

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