Beresje is a village in Setomaa Parish, Võru County in southeastern Estonia.[1]

Country Estonia
CountyVõru County
ParishSetomaa Parish
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Beresje Orthodox graveyard

The village of Beresje represents a typical fishermen village, where all the houses are built in rows parallel to the shore of the Lake Pihkva. The village was first mentioned in 1582 and it belonged to Poloda area. The main activity was fishing (mainly sparling) and fish processing. The name is believed to be derived from the Russian word berjoza ('birch').[2]

Beresje is the only village in Setomaa, which is still inhabited by Old Believers or “starovers”. At the end of the village there is a village cemetery, which also includes the burial site of the Old Believers. Beresje mere is a relic lake of Lake Peipsi.[3][2]

Before the administrative reform of Estonian local governments in 2017, the village belonged to Mikitamäe rural municipality and Põlva county.


  1. ^ Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements 2014 (retrieved 27 July 2021)
  2. ^ a b "Setomaa, delightful sight!" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-10-20.
  3. ^ "The border on the top and along the belt – the Thrills in Setomaa". Retrieved 2020-01-07.
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