The Purple Beech of Reigi
Driver for creative spirit
On a small and serene Estonian island, Hiiumaa, in the Baltic Sea, a rare red-leaved beech grows, a resilient exceptional finding in harsh Nordic conditions. 120 years ago, this tree was set in the garden of the pastorate of the Reigi Church by a pastor in honor of the birth of his son.
Once upon a time it was a centre of community life; church bells rang and the tavern buzzed, providing content for several novels, films and even an opera. Nowadays, tranquility mixes with the vitality of the Reigi beech, waiting for guests.