Vecdole Castle Ruins

Salaspils, Latvia

Vecdole Castle (Schloss Alt-Dahlen) was built in the early 13th century (before 1226 when it was first time mentioned). It was built as a vassal castle for the arcbishop of Riga and destroyed already in 1298. Today only ruins remain.

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Founded: ca. 1226
Category: Ruins in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)

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Giovanni Marcolongo (26 days ago)
I suggest to arrive to Salaspils Memorials by walking. Isn't far from the the train station and the atmosphere there is magic! The entrance for the park is free, for the museum I suggest to check on the website.
Valdis Saules (3 months ago)
Everyone should visit here and reflect on the past
John & Tara Newby (5 months ago)
I loved this memorial. It was simply beautiful, with a harrowing, and tragic story. The heart beats through the entire memorial. One of my best stops in Latvia.
Raimonds Bērziņš (6 months ago)
You should listen for the heart beats here. Must be brave to visit this place at night time alone. :)
Amanda Mui (7 months ago)
Unique memorial. It was easy walk around the site and the building had a museum tucked inside of it explaining the history of the site.
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