Fortresses/strongholds • Kuressaare • More details
|Address:||Lossihoov tn 1, Kuressaare| Show on map|
|Telephone:||(+372) 455 4463|
|Fax:||(+372) 455 7556|
Stone castle history starts already from the Long Hermann tower built in the end of 13th century that was the central tower of circle-walled castle type of fortress. The convent type castle task was to be the administrative centre of certain area, to make possible the gathering of rather large amount of people, that is represented in the architecture of the building, and to offer the protection in case of uprisal or war. In the beginning of 20th century the castle was restored for Saaremaa knighthood residence.
Interesting to know: Some researchers had suggested that on the place of current stone castle could have been the wooden one already in 11th century.