Helme church parish was first mentioned in 1329 during a Lithuanian raid. Most of the neighbouring land was fiefed in the 15th–16th centuries. Livonian Order castle in Helme (Ordensburg Helmet) was probably built in the first half of the 14th century. The site on a steep hill is belived to have been used as a stronghold earlier by Sackalians in the Ancient Estonia. By its ground plan the order castle was 120×60 m oval shaped structure, surrounded by two moats. There was a borough beside the castle in the Middle ages, it was mentioned until the 17th century. The castle was destroyed by the Swedes during the Russo-Swedish War in 1658. Nowadays only parts of the walls with high window holes have survived.

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Founded: ca. 1330
Category: Ruins in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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North Lures (30 days ago)
Nice place
Merle (36 days ago)
An interesting place in summer would need mowing. It is difficult to move like a hay belt. The tracks could be mowed.
Oskar Susi (3 months ago)
Helme Order Castle was probably built in the first half of the 14th century. The fortress was first mentioned in written sources in 1412. The castle was destroyed during the Russo - Swedish War in 1658, when retreating Swedes blew up the fortress. According to legend, a virgin named Anne was walled in the wall of the castle during the construction. On the south side of the castle there is a so-called 'Anne kants'. It is believed that the ancient city may have once been located on the hill of the fortress.
Kaisa Samuilov (11 months ago)
An interesting place to walk
Kabailiukas (11 months ago)
Worth a visit. Externally arranged nicely but lacks the order on the hill
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