Estonia is rich in cultural heritage from different eras. Cultural heritage is a sign of the history of a state and its people as well as a part of our identity. History is not only recorded in historical writings, but also in the cultural environment, buildings, objects and landscapes.
A number of cultural goods have been declared monuments, which means that they are under state protection. As of the beginning of 2014, Estonia had 26,578 monuments.
- These include 6,622 archaeological monuments (old settlement sites, burial sites, offering stones, sacred groves, wrecked ships, etc.), 5,253 built monuments (buildings, bridges, manor parks), 1,264 historical monuments (places linked to significant people or historical events, War of Independence memorials, cemeteries, etc.), and a large number of artistic monuments – 13,516 in total.
- The lion’s share of artistic monuments are religious objects that belong to churches, but there are also other monuments, works of art, etc.
- UNESCO 1972, 1970;
- First and Second Protocol to the Hague Convention;
- European Council conventions.
Cooperation with NGO
National Heritage Board
Heritage Conservation Council
Adviser (Heritage conservation)
Phone +372 628 2381