Ruins of the Vastseliina Episcopal Castle

Vastseliina Episcopal Castle was built in 1342 on the lands of the Bishop of Tartu and it became one of the most powerful fortifications in old Livonia; it is also one of the 21 places in Southern Estonia worth discovering which are marked by a yellow National Geographic window. 

During the Middle Ages, the castle was well-known for the holy cross in its chapel and as a popular destination for pilgrims; a visit gave them indulgence for 1 year and 40 days as decreed by pope Innocent VI. The castle was destroyed in the Great Northern War by the armies of Peter the Great.

Today, you can visit the castle tower, light a candle in the sacred place and enjoy night concerts on the territory of the castle.


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  • 1Viktor1 1Viktor1

    Ancient atmosphere !

    Place where needed to be and walk a bit, in summer time are special great events close to this place. Good for couples, friends and family travels.

  • Kristel H Kristel H

    A piece of history

    If you are interested in history or have a family with kids, worth going. Lots of climbing and walking around. Entrance fee to the ruins 1 euro per adult, kids are free.

  • Евгения Г Евгения Г


    Расположен недалеко от границы с Россией в 30 км от Изборска. Действительно, это только развалины. Заложен в 1342 году от набегов со стороны Пскова.В России известен под названием Нейгаузен...

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