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Briefly about Abja-Paluoja
Abja-Paluoja is located on the southern edge of Halliste valley. First writings about Abja date back to 1504. Abja was well known for its Autumn Fair, which was the biggest livestock fair in Estonia. Buyers even came from Riga and the livestock was not only brought from Halliste, but also from elsewhere.
From 1890 onwards, the area was popular for craftsmen and tradesmen. New borough was called Abja-Paluoja, which was named after the Paluoja tavern and the Paluoja stream nearby. New railway connection was opened in 1897 and thanks to this, the Abja-Paluoja area continued develop and to grow in size.
For centuries, the fields in Mulgimaa have been used for growing crops and farming; however the main wealth for Mulgi farmers came from growing flax. In 1914, a flax mill was opened in Abja-Vanamõisa, which was the first in Estonia. Also current Abja coat of arms is illustrated with blue flax flowers.
Nowadays, travelers can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of a small city, where they could visit various attractions and cozy taverns. The unspoilt nature of Abja parish has a variety of scenic areas and fascinating heritage sites worth visiting.