The nearly 30-meter high Kihnu lighthouse will open its doors to visitors once more on April 30, for the first time in 17 years.
“It is not yet exactly certain what time Kihnu lighthouse will be open, but one thing is sure: It will be open every day in July and August and late at night for the people who like to enjoy the sunset,” stated Mare Mätas, manager of SA Kihnu Kultuuriruum.
Kihnu lighthouse is one of the four cast iron lighthouses remaining on Estonian beaches, and it was built from parts brought from England on the biggest island in the Gulf of Riga in 1865. Its light is 29 meters above ground and 31 meters above sea level. In 1996, automatic equipment was installed in the lighthouse; no lighthouse-keeper was needed any more and those interested could not go up there to admire the beautiful views of the surrounding area. Kihnu lighthouse is a part of Kihnu culture that was included in the UNESCO List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2003.
Kihnu is the largest island in the Gulf of Riga and the seventh largest Estonian island. Originally used by seal hunters and fishermen Kihnu is now a culturally significant and essentially matriarchal society. The women guard the cultural heritage whilst the men go off to sea and fish.
Source: Silvia Paluoja, Pärnu Postimees