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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rs agarwaen (16 months ago)
Розалия Подгорная (19 months ago)
Замок Хельм - это пример европейской "эстетики руин". Всё сохранено в том виде, в каком дошло до нас за сотни лет. Можно спуститься вниз и посмотреть небольшую пещеру в белом песчанике.
Cam Graves (2 years ago)
Nice short walk of 20 minutes to break up your journey. Very scenic with some of the ruins of the former castle. Currently there is some restoration works in progress.
Marko B (2 years ago)
Kunagi ammu on väga võimas linnus olnud, vääriks taastamist.
Tanel Aavistu (3 years ago)
Väga hästi säilinud varemed, tasub kindlasti ära käia. Vaatamisväärt.
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