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Turaida Castle

Turaida Castle



Location: Vidzeme region  Map

Constructed: 1214

Tel. +371 67972376

Entrance Fee: Ls 3.5; students Ls 2

Open: 10am- 6pm May- Oct

10am- 5pm Nov- Apr






Turaida Castle is a medieval citadel located on the banks of Gauja River in the Vidzeme region of Latvia. It was constructed in 1214 by Albert of Riga the third Bishop of Riga. He called it "Turaida" or "God's garden". This strategic was previously occupied by a wooden fortress of Livonian leader Caupo of Turaida. The castle was badly damaged in 1776 and left in ruins. The reconstruction began only in 1970's. Government reserved 42 hectares around the medieval citadel to preserve the castle as well as surrounding complex of historic, archaeological and art importance. There are several trails that range from 200 m to 1km in length around park's grounds.








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