Cesis Castle – A Medieval Fortress in Latvia

by Arūnas
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Cesis Castle (Latvian: Cēsu pils) is the largest, most significant, and best-preserved Gothic castle in Latvia located in the city of Cesis, approximately 90 km northeast of Riga, the capital.

Five interesting facts about Cesis Castle:

  • It was built at the beginning of the 13th century by the Livonian Brothers of the Sword.
  • During the Livonian War (1558–1583) in 1577, the fortified structure was destroyed by Russians.
  • In the middle of the 17th century, it was rebuilt by Sweden and granted to Axel Oxenstierna (1583–1654), a Swedish statesman, and his family.
  • During the Great Northern War (1700–1721) in 1703, the castle was again demolished by Russians and left in a ruined state.
  • It is an archaeology monument of state importance.

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Cesis Castle: A Medieval Fortress in Latvia
Western Tower (built in the 14th century) with the preserved Teutonic Order master’s chamber; on the left – Northern Tower
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With lantern in spiral dark staircase of the Western Tower
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Gothic vault of the Teutonic Order master’s chamber in the Western Tower is one of the best examples of the complex design of rib vaults in Latvia
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Remnants of festive hall
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The south part of the inner courtyard of the Castle
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The east part of the inner courtyard of the Castle
Cesis Castle: A Medieval Fortress in Latvia
Tower (built in the 15th and 16th centuries) in the western wall of the southern part of the Castle
Cesis Castle: A Medieval Fortress in Latvia
View of cylindrical Northern Tower, erected at the end of the 15th/ beginning of the 16th century, from the south
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Northern Tower from the west
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Western Tower from the north-west
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View of Cesis Castle from north-west

Cesis Castle offers an informative and entertaining adventure for families with children – exploring castle gardens, towers, and dungeons with the activity backpack (ask for this backpack in Castle information center).

Address: Pils laukums 9, 4101 Cesis, Latvija

Official website: Cēsu Pils Komplekss


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