Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pärnu - Estonia

Pärnu is a city in southwestern Estonia, known since 1996 as Estonia's Summer Capital. 
This card was in my favorites gallery and it was sent by Ella. 

Photo: Margit Kurvits
The card shows one of the symbols of the city, the jetty.
Pärnu has always been an important harbour. To stop sand build-up in the river mouth, jetties made from logs were built in 1769, as ordered by the empress Catherine II. In 1863-64, new jetties were built of rocks that were transported there from the beaches of Häädemeeste and Kihnu. The length of both jetties was a bit over two kilometres.
The jetty on the left bank of the river has become a symbol of Pärnu. The jetty has gained a romantic aura as a place for lovers to take walks on; however, before taking a walk there, be sure to check the water level! At times, the jetty can be left completely under water, but when the water level is low, you can even see the ends of the wooden poles of the previous jetty. - in:

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