Ruins of Maasi fort-castle

Ruins of Maasi fort-castle

LINNUSE, Laheküla, Saaremaa vald, Saare maakond

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Maasi medieval fort-castle was built with the forced labour of islanders. This labour was how the ruling Livonian order punished indigenous inhabitants for the uprising, which had destroyed the order's previous stronghold. The seaside fort-castle was undefeated until it was blown up by the Danes. The 8m walls that survived the destruction have become a landmark.

Good to know: On August 11th, 1576, Danish king Frederik II ordered Maasi stronghold destroyed and it has been in ruins ever since.

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Open all year round

24 hours

Features and amenities
Getting there
  • Signposted
  • Sealed access road
  • By excursion bus
  • By public transport
  • By car
Stops nearby
Bus: Orissaare (ekspress) + Orinõmme (maaliin)
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A beautiful spot by the sea

A beautiful spot with a fortress still revealing its secrets. To see the views and old ruinsm this is a nice place to visit.



Castle ruins

No admission charge, so you are free to walk around the ruins. There's a small stand outside the ruins, where Estonian handcrafts (mainly things made from juniper wood) are sold.



14th-century castles are cool

Maasilinn is a really old fort/castle that's kind of falling apart, but you're still allowed to climb inside and explore its innards, which makes you feel like you're in a video game or movie...

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