Kandava Castle Ruins

Kandava, Latvia

Kandava settlement was first mentioned in 1230 in a peace treaty between the residents of Riga and the residents of the Abava valley in Courland. A military castle was built around 1257, but it was gradually dismantled over the years and now only its foundations can be seen in a town park. The oldest remaining structure is a guard tower built in 1334 and later used for gunpowder storage.

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Pils iela 4, Kandava, Latvia
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Founded: c. 1257
Category: Ruins in Latvia
Historical period: State of the Teutonic Order (Latvia)

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