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Rakvere ordulinnus castle description and photos - Estonia: Rakvere. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The name in English is Rakvere ordulinnus.
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Rakvere Castle is located in the town of the same name in northern Estonia. The German name of the castle is Vesenberg, found in Russian chronicles as Rakovor. It was first mentioned in history in the 13th century. The ruins of the castle stand on the Vallimagi hill, which is 25 m high.
From 1347 to 1558. the city of Rakvere was owned by the Livonian Order. Over the years, the fortress was rebuilt several times by various rulers. The castle suffered the most during the Polish-Swedish war (1602-1605), while losing its defensive significance. Thus, the castle was struck off the list of defensive structures, since its restoration and restoration could not be quick.
In the 17-18 centuries. the ruins of Rakvere castle were used as a quarry, which supplied the surrounding land with building material. In the 19th century. with the advent of fashion for ruins, the Rakvere hill with ruins acquired special value. The castle has become a picturesque place for walks and picnics. The first work on the restoration of the castle and putting it in order began in 1901-1902.
In 1975 large-scale work on the restoration of the castle began, which was completed by 1988
Today This fortress can be walked both independently and with a guide. The castle managed to very successfully recreate the atmosphere of the Middle Ages: at the entrance you will be greeted by controllers dressed in medieval outfits, all kinds of workshops are located around the castle perimeter, where you can touch and touch everything, and even try your hand at some crafts.
Inside the castle, you can go down into the dungeon and look into the fear room. It is divided into 3 parts. In the torture room, all kinds of tools for cauterizing, stretching, breaking and crushing human flesh are presented. The next room is a crypt, in which the "rotting" dead are everywhere. In the last room - hell, here it constantly walks half a shake, howls and other frightening sounds are heard. All of these rooms are decorated with appropriate lighting that helps create an overall atmosphere.
If you get hungry, you can have a snack in the tavern, which is decorated in the same medieval style. There are massive wooden tables and chairs. The menu contains both traditional medieval Estonian cuisine and modern ones.
There is a small museum exhibition in the castle, describing mainly the medieval history of the fortress. On the second floor there is a hall, which displays swords from different eras. Moreover, you can not only look at them or take pictures, but also hold them in your hands, presenting yourself as a real knight.
This interesting place will be interesting for both adults and children. Notable is the possibility of almost free movement around Rakvere Castle. You can touch a lot of what is presented here with your hands, take a picture in costumes in different parts of the fortress.
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