Kavilda Stronghold Ruins

Tartumaa, Estonia

The Kavilda stronghold (Kawelecht) was, according to Leonhard von Stryk, first built in 1354 by Bartholomäus von Tiesenhausen. Other sources say it was built in 1361 by Arnold von Vietinghoff, the Master of Livonian Order. The castle was destroyed during the Livonian War somewhere between 1564 and 1582. It was probably knocked down before the invasion of the Poles. Thereinafter Kavilda excisted only as a manor but not as a castle.

The castel was a castellum-like building with a tower-shaped residential building. Nowadays only one and a half floors have remained, most of it under the ground.

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Founded: 1350s-13060s
Category: Ruins in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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