Top Historic Sights in Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

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Falsterbo Lighthouse

Falsterbo Lighthouse lies on the place of the oldest known beacon in Scandinavia. The sea route past the Falsterbo Headland has always been dangerous, because of the moving sand banks hidden in the sea. The first beacon was lit by German monks already in the 13th century. By that time Falsterbo was an important trading centre in Denmark. The beacon was placed at the then outermost point. When the trading became less imp ...
Founded: 1793 | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Falsterbo Church

The oldest parts of St. Gertrude’s Church in Falsterbo were built in the 14th century. The tower and vaultings were added in the 15th century. The medieval porch and sacristy were demolished in 1800’s. There are several wooden scupltures in the church, made probably in the Northern Germany. The triptych is dated to 1400 and altar was made around 1500. The pulpit date also from the 16th century.
Founded: 14th century | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, Sweden

Falsterbohus Castle Ruins

Falsterbohus was the name of a number of historic castles made by Danish dating from the mid-1200s. The first castle was destroyed in 1311, when Hanseatic League attacked against Eric VI of Denmark. The second one was also destroyed in a battle only couple of years later, at this time by Swedish soldiers. The castle was rebuilt again in the late 14th century as the residence of king’s bailiff. The market of Scania was ...
Founded: 13th century | Location: Skanör-Falsterbo, 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.