Lõhavere Hill Fort

Suure-Jaani, Estonia

Lõhavere was an ancient hill fort of Lembitu, the legendary chief of Estonians. It was used in defensive purposes about 20 years in the 12th and 13th centuries. Lembitu was killed in the battle of Madise (St. Matthew’s) day in 1217 by German crusaders and Latgalian allies.

Towering in the middle of the forest, the hill of the fort with it's naturally deep slopes leaves an imposing impression even today. On the foot of the hill-fort a monument in freedom-fighters' memory is erected.

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Founded: 12th-13th centuries
Category: Ruins in Estonia
Historical period: The Iron Age (Estonia)

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