Kuressaare is a town in Western Estonia, with a population of 13 449 as of 1st January 2016. In October 1990, Kuressaare was the first town in Estonia to regain its self-governing status. 

Kuressaare got its townrights on May 8th 1563, but was first mentioned in 1424. The total area of the town is 14.95 km².

The medieval stone castle of Kuressaare is the only one in the Baltic countries that has survived throughout the centuries in its entirety.

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