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Ruins of the Koknese Castle

Ruins of the Koknese Castle

One of the largest and most significant medieval castles in Latvia was the Koknese Castle. Now most of the buildings of the castle are flooded or even under water.

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It has repeatedly become the subject of disputes and armed struggle between the Livonian knights, the Archbishop of Riga, Lithuanians, Russians, Swedes, Poles, etc., passing from one hand to another.

Ruins of the Koknese Castle, Latvia

The construction of the stone walls of the Archbishop of Riga's castle was started in 1209. The Koknese Castle was abandoned after a powerful explosion of the western tower in 1701, where impressive ruins have been preserved to this day. After filling the reservoir of the Plavin HPP, the water reached the base of the castle. A castle was built for the needs of the Riga Bishopric on the site of the former wooden fortress of the ancient Latvians. In the XIV century, wooden buildings were built in the courtyard of the castle, adapted for permanent residence.

Ruins of the Koknese Castle, Latvia

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March 29, 2024

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