The town’s name shortened to Kuressaare and became official in 1918 after Estonia had declared its independence from Bolshevist Russia. Under the Soviet rule, the town was renamed Kingissepa in 1952; after the Bolshevik Kuressaare-native Viktor Kingissepp executed in 1922. The name Kuressaare was restored in 1990.
There are nine neighbourhoods of Kuressaare.
The estimated population of Kuressaare is 13,382, as of 2017.
Kuressaare is the capital of Saaremaa, the largest of Estonia’s islands.
Kuressaare Episcopal Castle, also known as Kuressaare Castle, is one of the most interesting and best-preserved fortresses in Estonia.
On March 06, 1945, Kuressaare aerodrome was opened and a first regular flight between Kuressaare and Tallinn took place.