Though religious influences have shifted throughout history, Estonians have always had a spiritual connection with their environment. Many natural and manmade holy sites attract visitors from around the world.
For centuries before Christianity arrived in Estonia, an animistic understanding of nature was predominant among local tribes. Mythological folklore told stories of the spirits inhabiting the forests, seas and bogs. Many people followed indigenous, pagan religions which are still practiced in various forms today.
In the old days, ancient natural landmarks like Taevaskoda sandstone outcroppings, Panga Cliff, Pühajärv (Holy Lake), Siniallika spring, Kaali meteorite craters and the 700 year old Tamme-Lauri oak tree were places of sacrifice and worship. These and many more hills, stones and groves are still regarded as sacred and whether you believe in their divinity or not, you are sure to be wowed by their organic beauty.