Right next to the road from Paldiski to Keila Waterfall is the gorgeous Treppoja Cascade: a sequence of 6-12 cascades with a total height of 5.56 m.
Name in Estonian
Map of the site
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Similar to other waterfalls in North Estonia, Treppoja Cascade formed comparatively recently when this land rose above the sea level a few thousand years ago (for geology this is nearly nothing). Treppoja Stream formed on the sturdy limestone layers of Lasnamäe Stage, Middle Ordovician.
The picturesque ladder of the cascade (Trepp-oja in Estonian, by the way, means, ‘ladder-stream’) consists of numerous smaller cascades. It is a bit complicated to count them – each might get a bit different number. In general, some six to twelve steps are counted. The smallest is just 10 cm high, but the highest, approximately in the middle of the cascades, is 1.6 to 1.75 m high. This middle cascade consists of three closely located steps that meet at different angles.
The whole set of cascades is 155-160 m long and the last cascades are almost under the bridge.
During the summer this waterfall is almost dry but for the most part of the year, Treppoja Cascade represent a gorgeous sight!
- Treppoja; Treppoja astangud. Keskkonnaportaal.
In spite of its small size Estonia offers a wide array of very interesting natural and man-made landmarks. Highlights of Estonia are:
Medieval Tallinn – one of the most amazing historical cities in this part of the world, built on and around a tall limestone cliff.
Medieval castles and churches – Christianity came here with fortified stone buildings – castles and churches. In Estonia are located some of the most impressive palaces in this part of Europe.
Some of the most fascinating and awe-inspiring natural monuments are waterfalls or locations where a river abruptly changes its elevation.
The heritage of Europe is diverse and endlessly interesting. Incomparably rich is the wealth of European historical architecture, but this part of the world has exciting natural heritage and archaeological heritage as well.
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