Vastseliina Castle Ruins

Vastseliina, Estonia

The Vastseliina Castle was a castle of the Livonian Order, Bishopric of Dorpat. It was constructed in 1342 by the Landmeister Burkhard von Dreileben as part of the border fortifications of Old Livonia against Novgorod, Pskov and later Moscow. In the Middle Ages, Vastseliina Castle was well known in the Catholic world as a popular destination for pilgrims. They worshipped the holy cross in the castle chapel and a visit to the chapel gave them sanctification for 40 days – it was first validated by Pope Innocentius VI in 1354.

The castle met its end during the Great Northern War when it was demolished by Russian troops (1702). Today the ruins are open to the public.

Reference: Wikipedia, VisitEstonia

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Founded: 1342
Category: Ruins in Estonia
Historical period: Danish and Livonian Order (Estonia)

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Heiki Tomann (2 years ago)
From middle ages the castle has been a popular destination for many pilgrims and sinners. At present there is Medieval Theme Park witch is open to the public in the summertime. Park consists Pilgrim House, little chapel and the Piiri Tavern. For hikers there are two options. Short hiking trail (3km) takes you into manor park. Long hiking trail (15km) leads you along Piusa River shores. Both starts and ends near Castle.
Johan Skott (2 years ago)
It was under construction when we were there. Not much to see, but cool history
K Emm (2 years ago)
Interesting ruined castle with a nice museum. The museum has some artifacts found on the grounds. The castle itself has been through multiple captures. Worth a visit if in the area.
Ülle Puustusmaa (2 years ago)
Great site and interesting exposition, must visit if in South Estonia.
Kaido Kurrikoff (3 years ago)
Very exotic and wild place, the river that surrounds almost the whole castle (ruins) the remains of the ancient walls, the slopes - it all somehow paints a picture of how life could have been several hundred years ago.
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