Episcopal Castle

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Haapsalu, Estonia
Episcopal Castle  - Castle walls from the outside
Episcopal Castle  - Castle
Episcopal Castle  - Entrance to the museum
Episcopal Castle  - Castle, inner courtyard
Episcopal Castle  - Castle ruin and cathedral

Episcopal Castle Haapsalu Reviews

Kathrin_E Kathrin_E
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Episcopal Castle Jan 25, 2017
The castle is Haapsalu's main sight. It was erected in the 13th century when the place was the seat of the Bishop of Ă–sel-Wiek. Those were the times of the Christian mission when the tribes and peoples east of the Baltic Sea were still pagans, Haapsalu was a border fortress on the edge of the Christian world and wars were frequent.

The castle is mostly in ruins but still impressive. Some intact rooms around the inner courtyard host a museum about the history of the place and life in the middle ages. Access to the cathedral and the baptismal chapel is also through the courtyard and museum (see separate tip).

Entry to the castle grounds is free, access through the small gate in Lossi plaats (hint: free public toilets in the corner on the left). For the inner courtyard, museum, and cathedral an entrance fee applies.
Castle ruin and cathedral
Castle, inner courtyard
Castle walls from the outside
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