Koluvere Castle Reviews
Stunning surroundings Sep 22, 2012
There was nothing but another brown sign that took us away from the road towards Tallinn. The sign stated Koluvere Loss and we didn’t know that a Loss was a castle. We entered a small village and to the right we discovered a large castle. I drove the car a close to it as possible and parked the car.
The castle was located next to a river that was running quite fast and a small mill that didn’t work anymore. To the other side there was a stunning pond that had the most impressive mirror effect that I ever had seen. The funny part was that the pond emptied loads of water in the lake but it still managed to be completely still on the surface. Being quite crazy about taking pictures this was like getting a gift from above.
It turned out that the vassal castle of von Lodes, was established in the 14th century, it had later belonged to the Saare-Lääne bishopric and was reconstructed as a major fortress with an internal yard and two corner towers. Later on, Koluvere belonged to the von Loewens, Count Orlov and von Buxhoevdens, and the medieval fortress was reconstructed to resemble a palace.
In 1783, the palace was bought by the Russian Empress Catherine II to exile the Württenberg Princess Augusta Carolina (who died a year later). The interior of the palace has not been preserved as a result of many fires (1840, 1905, 1960), while the medieval exterior was restored to an extent in the 1960s. As many other manors it was used as a care home before the palace was sold to private possession in 2006. The new owners are working really hard to get things working and there was full activity in rebuilding the castle. It was possible to peak in, which I read somewhere that the new owner complained about, and see that they had come pretty far with the far end of the castle.
Part of the Estonia 2012 II travel blog
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