Conference places

The scientific sessions of MPC/AMAST 2006 will take place at Saaremaa Spa Hotel Meri (Pargi 16), which is also one of the conference hotels. See this map, which also displays where the MPC and AMAST receptions take place.

The Meri is a new spa hotel in Kuressaare, located by the seashore, right next to the episcopal castle and park, the beach and the yachting center.

The social events will involve a number of sites.

The MPC reception on 3 July will take place at the episcopal castle of Kuressaare (Lossihoov 1).

The 14th century episcopal castle is the most noteworthy sight in Kuressaare. Chronicles mention the castle for the first time in 1381, but the oldest part originates from the period after the rebellion of the islanders in 1260. The building of the mighty quadrangular convent-type fortress with its two corner towers, Storvolt and Tall Hermann did not begin until 1338. The castle is of local dolomite. The castle is the home of Saaremaa museum.

The MPC barbeque on 4 July will be at Tehumardi recreation centre 16 kms to the west from Kuressaare.

On 5 July, there will be an excursion to the meteorite site of Kaali, Ambla windmills, Karja church and Panga cliff, with a dinner at Kaali tavern.

The nine craters of Kaali, 19 km from Kuressaare towards Kuivastu, are Estonia's most unique geological object. They were first believed to be a volcanic formation, but the discovery in 1937 of meteoritic iron proved that they are impact craters. The diameter of the main crater, Lake Kaali, is 110 m, and the depth is 16 m. This is one of the best presented and most easily accessed meteorite craters in the world. The meteorite fell 2700-7500 years ago. Read more at

Panga is a high limestone cliff on the northern coast of Saaremaa near Panga village.

The AMAST reception on 6 July will be at Kuressaare town theatre (Tallinna 20).

Kuressaare may be small, but it has a theatre. The building is from the beginning of the 19th century. The Estonian Society of Kuressaare acquired it in 1911 and started using it for its theatre activity in 1912.

The AMAST dinner on 7 July will be in the village of Koguva on Muhu island.

Koguva is an age-old village in the western part of Muhu (Moon), the island between Saaremaa and the mainland. The local inhabitants were first mentioned in 1532 when Hanske, a peasant from this village, obtained a freedom charter from the Master of the Livonian order. The yeomen of Koguva enjoyed a special status through the centuries. The Koguva yeomen acted as couriers of the order; since the 17th century they served as postmen connecting Saaremaa and the mainland, they used a special type of postal boat called uisk. The buildings date mostly from the beginning of the 19th century, the oldest ones in the center of the village are from the 18th century. Koguva is the home of Muhu museum and Koguva art stable.

Last changed June 15, 2006 1:24 EET by local organizers, mpc06(at)