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Welcome to Tsiistre!

Tsiistrenukk is located in the south-eastern corner of Estonia, about equidistant from the settlements of Vastseliina, Misso and Haanja. The name Tsiistre originates from before the Great Northern War of the early 18th century, when five families with the last name of Zistre settled near a small body of water now known as Vetevaotus, slightly to the south of the Riga-Pskov highway.

In the first half of the 20th century, children from the villages of Hürsi, Kõo, Kärina, Luhte, Mauri, Mära, Möldre, Pari, Pedeja, Preeksa, Põnni, Sandi, Savioja, Tika, Tsiistre and Tõnkova all attended school in Tsiistre, and these areas were known collectively as the Tsiistre school district.

Of these, Hürsi, Kärina, Põnni, Sandi, Savioja and Tsiistre villages are part of Misso municipality and in 2007 Tsiistrenukk was selected as the collective name for these six villages. “Nukk” is a word in the Võro language that has the same meaning as the “nurk” (“corner” in Estonian and written language). In antiquity, this area was the north-eastern corner of Adsele county, but after the municipalities were formed it was the south-western corner of Vastseliina municipality. Today it is the north-eastern corner of Misso municipality.

Tsiistrenukk is home to around 80 people, two thriving farms (Nopri dairy and Siberi pig farm) and the scenic Kisejärve landscape conservation area.

Tsiistrenukk is 32 km from Võru, 102 km from Tartu, 286 km from Tallinn and 262 km from Riga.

The content of Tsiistre website is based on a book by Lui Niilo entitled “Tsiistre nuka värvid” (The Colours of Tsiistre Corner).
Photos: Paavo Eensalu

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