Estonia is a small country with a surprisingly long coastline. Surrounded on 2-1/2 sides by water, it faces the Gulf of Riga on the southwest, the Baltic Sea on the west, and the Gulf of Finland on the north. There are two large islands in the Baltic, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, and countless small islands. To guard these coasts, Estonia has more than 70 lighthouses and a well-developed lighthouse administration. Its major port, formerly called Reval, is now the Estonian capital of Tallinn.
Estonia was part of the Russian Empire until the end of World War I in 1918, and then it was incorporated into the Soviet Union from 1940 to 1990. Thus the older lighthouses are from the Russian Imperial period, and some of the newer ones are of Soviet construction. An example from the imperial period appear at right: the old Suurupi lighthouse, built in 1760.
Lighthouses in Estonia are operated by the Estonian Maritime Administration. In Estonia, a lighthouse is a tuletorn (fire tower) or amajakas. These three maximum cards show three of the many lighthouses in Estonia.
Thank you Ella.