Top Historic Sights in Örsundsbro, Sweden

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Sjöö Castle

The first known owner of Sjöö castle was Peter Laurensson, mentioned in 1409. In 1541 the castle was bought by Jacob Vestgöte Sjöö and named after him. The present castle was built during the ownership of Johan Gabriel Stenbock. The castle was designed by Nicodemus Tessin the Elder and Mathias Spieler. The castle with its park is considered one of the most beautiful castles in Sweden with its perf ...
Founded: 1660s | Location: Örsundsbro, Sweden

Salnecke Castle

Salnecke is one of the best preserved 17th century castles in Uppland. The first known owner of Salnecke was a judge Karl Ingeborgasson Lejonbalk. He sold the farm to the Skokloster nunnery in 1302. Later it belonged to Bo Jonsson Grip and the monastery of St. Clare in Stockholm. The monastery was the owner until 1460, when Salnecke fell to archbishop Jons Bengtsson (Oxenstierna). After Reformation Salnecke became a crow ...
Founded: 1640's | Location: Örsundsbro, Sweden

Gryta Church

The age of Gryta Church is unknown. The first church, probably a wooden one, was built there in the 1000’s. How old present stone church is impossible to say, the remains of earlier church can be hidden in the gray stone walls, covered by a thick plaster layer. The church is richly decorated with mural paintings and they are well preserved. The paintings might have been done by Albert the Painter (Albertus Pictor). ...
Founded: 11-12th century | Location: Örsundsbro, Sweden

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Cesis Castle

German crusaders known as the Livonian Brothers of the Sword began construction of the Cēsis castle (Wenden) near the hill fort in 1209. When the castle was enlarged and fortified, it served as the residence for the Order's Master from 1237 till 1561, with periodic interruptions. Its ruins are some of the most majestic castle ruins in the Baltic states. Once the most important castle of the Livonian Order, it was the official residence for the masters of the order.

In 1577, during the Livonian War, the garrison destroyed the castle to prevent it from falling into the control of Ivan the Terrible, who was decisively defeated in the Battle of Wenden (1578).

In 1598 it was incorporated into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and Wenden Voivodship was created here. In 1620 Wenden was conquered by Sweden. It was rebuilt afterwards, but was destroyed again in 1703 during the Great Northern War by the Russian army and left in a ruined state. Already from the end of the 16th century, the premises of the Order's castle were adjusted to the requirements of the Cēsis Castle estate. When in 1777 the Cēsis Castle estate was obtained by Count Carl Sievers, he had his new residence house built on the site of the eastern block of the castle, joining its end wall with the fortification tower.

Since 1949, the Cēsis History Museum has been located in this New Castle of the Cēsis Castle estate. The front yard of the New Castle is enclosed by a granary and a stable-coach house, which now houses the Exhibition Hall of the Museum. Beside the granary there is the oldest brewery in Latvia, Cēsu alus darītava, which was built in 1878 during the later Count Sievers' time, but its origins date back to the period of the Livonian Order. Further on, the Cēsis Castle park is situated, which was laid out in 1812. The park has the romantic characteristic of that time, with its winding footpaths, exotic plants, and the waters of the pond reflecting the castle's ruins. Nowadays also one of the towers is open for tourists.