Turaida Castle

Turaida Castle (Latvian: Turaidas pils, German: Treiden, Treyden; meaning Thor's garden in Livonian) is a recently reconstructed medieval castle in Turaida, in the Vidzeme region of Latvia, on the opposite bank of the Gauja River from Sigulda.

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archibishop of Riga, on the site of the destroyed wooden castle of the Livonian leader Caupo of Turaida. Construction and development of the fortifications continued to the 17th century, when the castle started to lose its strategic importance. It was badly damaged by fire in 1776 and not reconstructed, and in the course of time fell into ruin.

Restoration began in the 1970s and the castle is now the centrepiece of the Turaida Museum Reserve, which also includes the oldest wooden church in Vidzeme and its surrounding Livonian cemetery, containing the grave of Maija, the Rose of Turaida; Dainu Hill, now a sculpture park celebrating Latvian folksong; and the beautifully landscaped castle grounds.

See also

  • Krimulda Castle
  • Sigulda Castle

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Carl Griffin
8 January 2016
Restored 13th century, red brick, archbishop's castle. The original was blown up when lightning struck its gunpowder store in the 18th century.
Anton Tarasov
25 June 2013
Small museum of Livs history located in the former Turaida gardener's house. Feel free to visit it for an interesting story of ancient people, and for fascinating sounds of bone fife.
Елена Бондарь
Amazing nature, beautiful views. Highly recommend to make a trip by cableway and to walk to the castle.
Hellga Prokopovich
3 May 2016
Вход около 5€. Только одна башня и постройка рядом сохранились с тех времен(~800 лет), все остальное восстановлено. Довольно интересно организовано: добавление звуков тех времен или, например, тюрьма.
N K
26 July 2017
Красивый замок и парк, классно погулять всей семьёй. Парковка 1,5€, вход 5€, кофе 3€, плюшки 0,7-2€ в кафе. Аутентичные серебрянные украшения от 30€.
Zatevashka
14 August 2014
Прекрасный музей под открытым небом, ухоженный очень красивый, есть эко деревня с лошадками и коровками и восстановленная крепость со смотровой площадкой
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Turaidas muzejrezervāts, Turaidas iela 10, Sigulda, Siguldas pilsēta, LV-2150, Latvia Get directions
Tue-Thu 11:00 AM–5:00 PM
Fri 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sat 11:00 AM–Midnight
Sun 11:00 AM–7:00 PM

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