Kullamaa (German: Goldenbeck) is a village in Lääne-Nigula Parish, Lääne County, in western Estonia.[1]

Kullamaa church
Kullamaa church
Country Estonia
CountyLääne County
ParishLääne-Nigula Parish
 • Total247
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

The first Estonian professional composer Rudolf Tobias (1873–1918) lived in Kullamäe between 1885 and 1889, where his father served as the parish clerk. Later, composer Artur Uritamm served as the church organist.

Municipal administration building.

Pastor and translator Heinrich Göseken (1612–1681) worked as a pastor in Kullamaa church. He is credited with writing a grammar of Estonian language as well as a Latin-Estonian-German dictionary.[2]

Kullamaa churchEdit

The church dates from the 13th century, and was originally built without a tower. In 1774 the massive buttresses were added to prevent the church from sinking into the soft ground. It was also during the end of the 18th century that the tower was added to the building; the present-day tower however dates from 1870. During the 19th century the church also received a new choir.[2]

The interior includes a late-Renaissance pulpit, a Baroque calvary group, Baroque epitaphs and tombstones, and an altar-painting from late 19th century.[2]

Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, owner of nearby Koluvere Castle and estranged first wife of King Frederick I of Württemberg, is buried in the church.[2]

Kullamaa pharmacyEdit

On July 30, 1886 one of the oldest rural pharmacies in Estonia was founded by Oskar Mildebrath at Kullamaa. It stayed in business continuously for 122 years, until 2008.[3]



  1. ^ Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements 2014 (retrieved 28 July 2021)
  2. ^ a b c d Viirand, Tiiu (2004). Estonia. Cultural Tourism. Kunst Publishers. p. 108. ISBN 9949407184.
  3. ^ "Lääne Elu". 18 January 2013.

Coordinates: 58°53′N 24°05′E / 58.883°N 24.083°E / 58.883; 24.083