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Historic place in Tõrva, with old ruins, caves and ancient wellspring

Especially interesting are the legends and tales about the wellspring near the caves, were ancient... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2017
CyberSurrealist
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Tallinn, Estonia
Nice break in the drive from Cesis to Tallinn

We stopped off here on our way to Tallinn and it's a great chance to stretch your legs. The caves... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2017
Guernseygirl25
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Guernsey, CI
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The Helme caves, in the manor park of the same name, are unrivalled in Estonia. Situated to the north of the castle ruins, the caves have white Burtniek layer sandstone walls standing 3 m high. Unfortunately, some of the better known caves have already collapsed. The cave system once comprised seven interlinked chambers, the biggest of which was known as the Church of Moses. The caves are peppered with springs, and over the years have been further dug out and used as shelters.Did you know...?*In the olden days the Helme caves were also known locally as the gateway to Hell
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Aug 30, 2017
“Historic place in Tõrva, with old ruins, caves and ancient wellspring”
May 9, 2017
“Nice break in the drive from Cesis to Tallinn”
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Kirikukula kula, Helme, Estonia
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Reviewed August 30, 2017

Especially interesting are the legends and tales about the wellspring near the caves, were ancient people practised fertility and beauty rituals.

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Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

We stopped off here on our way to Tallinn and it's a great chance to stretch your legs. The caves were once used by noblemen for dinners. Only part of them can be seen now, as the soft sandstone has collapsed, but still a good...More

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Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

The caves and ruins are nice, and it's a nice place for a short hike. The caves are only about 20 meters deep, but it was enough for the kids who loved to explore them with flashlights.

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Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by on our way to Pärnu from Tõrva. This place is a little bit mystical. The caves have collapsed, so the question remains, where they could have led centuries ago. Great for a walk in the nature.

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