"Kallaste is gaining popularity" Kallaste by TheaIren

Kallaste Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 31 photos

Yearly festival Karakat

Kallaste is gaining popularity because of yearly festival Karakat. But small city
itself is also worthy to visit.

Russian Old Believers

In 1720 a group of Russian Old Believers came across the
Lake Peipsi ( because thousands of Russian Old Believers rejected the 17th century Orthodox Church reforms )and settled in naturally beautiful location where red sandstone is opening up on the shore of the lake.
They called the place Krasnõje Gore ( Red Hills ). It has grown
since and called Kallaste by Estonians.
Most of the villages in the shores of Lake Peipsi are genually
Russian Old Believers villages. Like Kolkja and Varnja. They
keep their traditions in live and therefor the villages have
different look in there than in elsewhere Estonia.

I found nice photo slideshow in YouTube about Russian Old Believers
traditions which might enlighten your interest for these religious people.


Local customs- Fishing, onion and cucumber growing

In winter time you can often see fish for sell in Peipsi shores, but
in autumn there are lot off onions and cucmbers on sell by the roads.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very idyllic atmosphere
  • Cons:Rare connection between Tallinn
  • Last visit to Kallaste: Feb 2009
  • Intro Updated Mar 1, 2009
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Lots of different style doors here! Like your photo of the ruins, looks great!

  • sihi's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Interesting page about Kallaste!!:) You are welcome to Johvi town too, to visit its attractions, Kontserdimaja, cafes:) Tere tulemast!:)

  • SteveOSF's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2009 at 6:11 PM

    Nice page with great photos. The Karakatitsa festival looks interesting.


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