Aizkraukle Castle Ruins

Aizkraukle, Latvia

Aizkraukle Castle (Ascheraden) is the ruins of a medieval castle, located on the right bank of the river Daugava. The castle was built in second half of 14th century by the Livonian Order. From 1334-1480 it was the seat of a Komtur.

In 1559, Aizkraukle was seized by the Poles and in 1577 captured by the Russians. The castle was still standing in 1633, but was in ruins by 1680. Today there are seen remnants of fundament of the castle and up to 5 metres high fragments of one wall. Picturesque ruins serve as a popular local tourist destination.

The castle should not be confused with the Old Aizkraukle Castle (Alt-Ascheraden) - another 13th century medieval castle a few kilometres downstream.

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