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Raikküla / Rayküll
The Manor of the Books
Architectural style: Classicism
Region: North-Estonia
County: Raplamaa
Address: Raikküla küla, Raikküla vald, 78402
Phone: +372 5042970
E-mail: info@raikkylamois.ee
Homepage: www.raikkylamois.ee
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Raikküla has through the centuries been a traditional place for negotiations. The Latvian Chronicle of Henrik says that in 1216 Estonian leaders gathered near Raikküla on the mountain of Paka to hold ancient parliament meetings. Raikküla manor was one of the three Baltic-German barons’ meeting centres, where they gathered to hold philosophical discussions. Raikküla manor should be considered to have been a private institute, from which the connections led to the top of contemporary world science. Manor is well-known as the seat of world-famous philosopher Hermann von Keyserling. The philosopher’s grandfather, count Alexander Keyserling (1815-1891) was an influential scientist, and family friend of Preisi councillor Otto von Bismarck. J W von Goethe, J S Bach, and A S Puškin are some more names which can be found in Raikküla manor's history books. The main house was damaged in a fire in 1960, but the classical building's proportions, beauty and detail quality can still be enjoyed. Nearly all the buildings from the manor centre have survived. Since 2000 a non-profit organization has been based in Raikküla manor, with the goal of restoring the manor as the favourite place of book lovers. The manor also continues nearly 800 years of tradition as a negotiation place. An Estonian manors information centre will be opened there and the manor with Estonian's biggest manorial library will be a popular place for seminars, symposiums and conferences.
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