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Dobele Castle, Dobele

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Dobele Castle is a castle in the town of Dobele on the west bank of the river, in the historical region of Zemgale, in Latvia. Dobele was built in 1335 by the Livonian order on top of a more ancient castle.
Place of the Dobele medieval castle was inhabited by Semigallians before and during Livonian crusade. On the hillfort was located administrative centre of the Dobele county and quite big settlement around it. It is first time mentioned in the written sources in 1254. During Livonian crusade heavy battles took place around the hillfort. It endured six sieges by Livonian order but crusaders never managed to conquer it. In 1279 crusader army from Kuldīga together with allied curonians attacked semigallian Dobele castle but was unable to conquer it. In winter 1280/81 Livonian order attacked Dobele castle under command of master Konrad von Feuchtwangen but attack failed. In winter 1288/89 large crusader army including allied estonians and latgalians under command of master Kuno von Hazzingenstein attacked Dobele. However they were able only to pillage and burn Dobele town but castle endured the siege. In 1289 after famine and crusader scorched earth policy to the whole region semigallians burned their Dobele castle and migrated to Lithuania. Thus Dobele castle was one of the last semigallian fortresses in the territory of Latvia.
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  • The castle is very ruined and dated to the year of 1445 when it was built. I suppose since then no one tried to renovate it. 😏 It should have been very interesting place to visit if it would be more....  more
    The castle is very ruined and dated to the year of 1445 when it was built. I suppose since then no one tried to renovate it. 😏 It should have been very interesting place to visit if it would be more....  more »
  • Well-kept gardens, can climb up narrow steep steps to tower. Turrets. Restoration of this 14th century castle started in 2002. The ruins overlook the Berze River which has three fountains. All free... 
    Well-kept gardens, can climb up narrow steep steps to tower. Turrets. Restoration of this 14th century castle started in 2002. The ruins overlook the Berze River which has three fountains. All free...  more »
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  • Impressive.
  • Not much to see yet, but very well preserved place. Good to visit when there is an event held there otherwise 30-60 minutes is max you can spend there.

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