Welcome to Kuremäe
Originally a site of ancient pagan worship, the peaceful hilltop village of Kuremäe, 20km southeast of Jõhvi, is now home to a magnificent Russian Orthodox convent. Local lore has it that in the 16th century, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to a shepherd in an oak grove in these parts (conveniently echoing pre-Christian Estonian beliefs in divine beings living in holy groves). An icon of the Dormition of the Mother of God was subsequently found under one of the oaks; it now belongs to the convent, which has become a place of pilgrimage for believers. There is also a revered 'holy spring' here that is said to never freeze.