Maasi Fortress Ruins

Saaremaa, Estonia

Maasi medieval fort-castle was built with the forced labour of islanders. That's how the ruling Liivi order punished indigenous inhabitants for the uprising, which had destroyed orders previous stronghold. Seaside fort-castle was undefeated until destroyed by Danes. The fortress was blown up in 1576 by the Danes in an attempt to forestall the Swedish invasion and nothing was done for the next 300 years. 8m walls that survived the destruction have become a landmark.

Reference: VisitEstonia

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Ruins in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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marius sirgi (8 months ago)
Nice
Kaspar Lepik (9 months ago)
Make sure to go to the basement, it's nicely restored and also has automatic lighting to explore.
Joel Chartrand (9 months ago)
Plan for approximately 30 minutes to visit these ruins. It’s an easy walk with nice ruins and a wonderful elevated view of the seaside. The basement is well lit and worth the visit. There’s a souvenir stand with wood and juniper products; very expensive but nice.
Tarasas Sereda (9 months ago)
Nice place underground. 15 minutes to see. Very interesting to investigate method of construction.
Jens Herrmann (9 months ago)
Beautiful ruin of an ancient castle, spooky to walk through the basement. A true highlight of Saarema!
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