The Pühtitsa Dormition Convent (Kuremäe Convent)

The Kuremäe Convent, located in the centre of Kuremäe, was established in 1891, and is the only functioning Russian Orthodox nunnery in Estonia. In ancient times, a sacred place of the Estonians was located here and a sacrificial spring was at the foot of the hill. The spring is knows as a “holy spring” today for the curative powers of its water. One can also bathe in the refreshing water. The convent gates are open and you can walk around and observe convent life. Those who are more interested in the life and history of the convent can order a tour from the nuns, in order to see the various churches in the convent complex that are otherwise closed to the public.

Features and amenities


Kuremäe küla, Illuka vald, Ida-Viru maakond

Getting there

Reach the convent by driving along the Jõhvi-Vasknarva (32) Rd. At the Kuremäe intersection a sign directs you to the Kuremäe Convent.


  • Signposted
  • By public transport
  • By car
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus

Stops nearby

Bus: Kuremäe


59°11'57''N 27°32'5''E | Download GPX file