Association Weissenstein (NGO) was founded in July, 1 2003. The aims of AW are to study and publish historical materials about Paide and to protect and develop its old town.
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In our web page (only in estonian) you can find a lot of articles, news, photos and official linked to that purpose.
Paide is one of the oldest towns in Estonia, founded on 1291. Its old lower-german name was Wittenstein, which means "white stone" or limestone, because the limestone was used, when the original German Order castle was built here in 1265. Later the town was known by the upper-german language name Weissenstein. Estonian name, first probably Paida, then Paede, later Paide was also in use in earlier times, but became official name of the town when estonians regained their freedom in 1918.
Present old town of Paide was re-build mostly in 18th-19th century and it consists mainly of low wooden buildings, similar to estonian old village-architecture.
About 50% of the old town was demolished in soviet time (1950-1980's), however in 1970 the area of old town became under the special protection as a cultural heritage.
For most estonians old buildings like those in Paide, does not have any special value. To raise appreciation for local history and architectural heritage, AW was founded.
In time the original idea has developed into the different projects aimed to revive local town-community and to make it more vital, so that the old town would not be just a dead museum, but filled with real and sustainable life.
PowerPoint slideshow about the old town of Paide: