Paide receives town privileges

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30. September 1291

First mentioning of Paide was in 1265, when the construction of the fort began, by the order of the Master of Livonian Order, Konrad von Mandern.

Name of the town comes from the limestone quarry that was used to build the hill fort (Wittenstein, later Weissenstein in German; "white stone" in Estonian - Paede, later Paide).

It did not take long until a trade settlement formed near the fort, as already in 1291, the Master of the Order named Halt, who had been the bailiff of Järvamaa and resided in Paide, gave it the town privileges.

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