Friday, March 13, 2009

ESTONIA - Paide castle

Paide Castle, founded in the 1260’s, was built as a stronghold over several centuries, but was nearly completely destroyed in the Livonian War in the 1560’s and 70’s. The oldest building of the complex, the powerful six-storey keep, 30 metres high and with walls up to three metres thick, was first restored in the 1890’s, destroyed in World War II and built up again 1988-1992. The light-coloured local limestone (Est. Paas) of which the castle was built has given us both the Estonian (Paide) and the German (Weissenstein –White Stone) names of the place.
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