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 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