Colonel’s house

Pikk 1b, Värska, Setomaa vald, 64001

In 1908 there was a 15- year old boy named Ivvo in Setomaa who went to the wide world to search for a better life. His family did not know anything about him until 1946 when a fancy man came to Setomaa, wearing the outfit of a Russian Navy captain decorated with shoulder patches and signs of honor. To great surprise, the stranger was fluent in the Seto language. It turned out that the young Rääsolaane Ivvo had become Ivan Fedorov, the chief of the career department of the Baltic Navy. He bought a piece of land on the coast of the Värska Bay and built a fancy house with a bridge deck and a tower. As the locals recall, Fedorov was a pretty cool guy. On festive days he put on his uniform, and the locals called him Colonel.

Fedorov’s son Yuri also remained connected to Värska. For over 20 years, Yuri Fedorov served as a commander of the Russian cruiser Aurora. During the Soviet time the people of Värska were often able to visit the ship without a que, and sometimes were even accommodated in the ship’s bunk beds. Yuri’s hobby was building model ships. His model ships were given as gifts to Josef Stalin, Fidel Castro, Charles de Gaulle and Mikhail Gorbachev.

Good to know: The house is privately owned and can only be seen from the outside.

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Pikk 1b, Värska, Setomaa vald, 64001