Aizkraukle Castle

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Aizkraukle Castle
Aizkraukles pils; Ascheraden
Aizkraukle castle ruins (2).jpg
Aizkraukle Castle is located in Latvia
Aizkraukle Castle
Aizkraukle Castle
Site information
Condition Ruins
Site history
Built possibly 1213
Built by Livonian Brothers of the Sword

Aizkraukle Castle (Latvian: Aizkraukles pils; German: Ascheraden) is a ruined medieval castle, located on the right bank of the river Daugava in Latvia to the west of the modern town of Aizkraukle, in Aizkraukle region. The castle was built in the second half of the 14th century by the Livonian Order.[1] From 1334-1480 it was the seat of a Komtur.

In 1559, Aizkraukle was seized by the Poles. In 1577 it was captured by the Russians. The castle was still standing in 1633, but was in ruins by 1680.[2] Today remains of the foundations are still visible, and there is a fragment of a wall up to 5 metres high. The picturesque ruins serve as a popular local tourist destination.

The structure should not be confused with Old Aizkraukle Castle (Latvian: Vecaizkraukles pilskalns; German: Alt-Ascheraden), another medieval castle site, of the 13th century, a few kilometres downstream.

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Caune A., Ose I. Latvijas 12. gadsimta beigu - 17. gadsimta vācu piļu leksikons. Rīga, 2004.
  2. ^ http://www.arendi.de/Aizkraukle/Aizkraukle-Auswahl.htm Partnership der Kirchen Aizkraukle & Nordstemmen
Bibliography
  • Krahe, Friedrich-Wilhelm (2000). Burgen des deutschen Mittelalters. Grundriss-Lexikon (in German). Flechsig. p. 693. ISBN 3-88189-360-1.