Hald Castle Ruin

Viborg, Denmark

Hald Castle was built in 1528 by the bishop Jørgen Friis, who was the last Roman Catholic bishop of Viborg. It is said that Friis was one of the first prisons in Hald tower after the Reformation. The castle was left to decay and in the 1700s it was abandoned. Anyway in late 1800s the owned Christopher Krabbe reconstructed the tower which is today the most visible part of the former castle. Today castle ruins are open to the public for free.

References:

Comments

Your name

Website (optional)



Address

Vejlevej 44, Viborg, Denmark
See all sites in Viborg

Details

Founded: 1528
Category: Ruins in Denmark
Historical period: Early Modern Denmark (Denmark)

More Information

thyrashm.blogspot.fi

Rating

4.3/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Omar Christian Thomsen (5 months ago)
You can really dive into history and explore landscape, nature and sites.
Morten Lund (15 months ago)
Lovely views, walks and swims
Adi Kurniawan (16 months ago)
Had a nice walk by the lake on a fine day. The lake and the trees made a beautiful scenery. There was not much to see at the ruin itself. I believe a renovation work was underway on the site, and once it is completed, the entire complex will be even more beautiful.
Thomas Schmidt (19 months ago)
Always with a little walk! Amazing scenery, once you went up the stairs in the old remains of the tower. Remember to bring snacks for a little picknick. Even if you live a bit further away, it is worth the trip.
Daniel Skov Sørensen (2 years ago)
Very interesting historical ruins. Definitely worth a visit.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Derbent Fortress

Derbent is the southernmost city in Russia, occupying the narrow gateway between the Caspian Sea and the Caucasus Mountains connecting the Eurasian steppes to the north and the Iranian Plateau to the south. Derbent claims to be the oldest city in Russia with historical documentation dating to the 8th century BCE. Due to its strategic location, over the course of history, the city changed ownership many times, particularly among the Persian, Arab, Mongol, Timurid, Shirvan and Iranian kingdoms.

Derbent has archaeological structures over 5,000 years old. As a result of this geographic peculiarity, the city developed between two walls, stretching from the mountains to the sea. These fortifications were continuously employed for a millennium and a half, longer than any other extant fortress in the world.

A traditionally and historically Iranian city, the first intensive settlement in the Derbent area dates from the 8th century BC. The site was intermittently controlled by the Persian monarchs, starting from the 6th century BC. Until the 4th century AD, it was part of Caucasian Albania which was a satrap of the Achaemenid Persian Empire. In the 5th century Derbent functioned as a border fortress and the seat of Sassanid Persians. Because of its strategic position on the northern branch of the Silk Route, the fortress was contested by the Khazars in the course of the Khazar-Arab Wars. In 654, Derbent was captured by the Arabs.

The Sassanid fortress does not exist any more, as the famous Derbent fortress as it stands today was built from the 12th century onward. Derbent became a strong military outpost and harbour of the Sassanid empire. During the 5th and 6th centuries, Derbent also became an important center for spreading the Christian faith in the Caucasus.

The site continued to be of great strategic importance until the 19th century. Today the fortifications consist of two parallel defence walls and Naryn-Kala Citadel. The walls are 3.6km long, stretching from the sea up to the mountains. They were built from stone and had 73 defence towers. 9 out of the 14 original gates remain.

In Naryn-Kala Citadel most of the old buildings, including a palace and a church, are now in ruins. It also holds baths and one of the oldest mosques in the former USSR.

In 2003, UNESCO included the old part of Derbent with traditional buildings in the World Heritage List.