Rauna Castle Ruins

Rauna, Latvia

Rauna Castle ruins was the principal residence of the Archbishopric of Riga in which at for certain period each year it was visited the Archbishop with his entourage. The first mention of Rauna Castle date back to 1381, although historians agree that it may have been built here even earlier. 18th century sources mention the castle as being erected in 1262, following a proposal of Albert Suerbeer, Archbishop of Riga. It is noted that the castle was one of the most important centres of the archdiocese.

The biggest reconstructions occurred under the reign of Archbishop Jasper Linde. One of the new towers built was named Garais Kaspars (Tall Jasper), after the archbishop, and a small settlement developed around the castle, which later became the village of Rauna.

The devastation of the castle started in 1556 with attacks by the Livonian Order, which lasted until the end of the Livonian War. The worst damage to the castle occurred from 1657 to 1658, during the Second Northern War between the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Swedish Empire. The castle was deserted after that and slowly turned to ruins. In 1683 the king of Sweden ordered the destruction of anything that resembled a fortress around the castle, so all towers were demolished. Today the Rauna Castle ruins are preserved. Many walls and even the bases of the towers remain.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)


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Andrejs Boka (6 months ago)
Interesting place to see the old castle remains.
Nameer Khzam (12 months ago)
Nothing is better than fresh air and a good walk. Come here and enjoy the energy :)
Jānis Bērziņš (14 months ago)
Impressive walls of the castle ruins which pop out on top of the mountain with a view on a church tower. There is an option to get the keys from a lady across the bus stop to enter the ruins and climb the castle tower.
Edgars Koronevskis (2 years ago)
Excellent view. If you're here before 5pm ask for the key to the castle. Ask for it in the start of stairs where the info center is located. Great views over the city. Nice surprise to find out more about this historical place.
Natie N (4 years ago)
Great medievel castle ruins built in 13en century. Bishop Albert 2nd lived in the castle between September and February on 14en century. Swedish war ruined the casle in 17th century and swidishs exploded the towers of the castle. Short history observation is aviable on the information stand. Gorgeous view is openned from the top. Parking is aviable near the Elvi shop. Stairs leads to the top of the ruins.
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