Viljandi Ordensburg

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Viljandi Ordensburg
Wall of the former Konvanthaus

Wall of the former Konvanthaus

Alternative name (s): Fellin Ordensburg
Creation time : 1224
Castle type : Hilltop castle
Conservation status: ruin
Place: Viljandi
Geographical location 58 ° 21 '33 "  N , 25 ° 35' 44"  E Coordinates: 58 ° 21 '33 "  N , 25 ° 35' 44"  E
Viljandi Ordensburg (Estonia)
Viljandi Ordensburg

The Ordensburg Viljandi ( Estonian Viljandi ordulinnus , also: Ordensburg Fellin ) was a fortress of the Teutonic Order in Estonia . It is located in the area of ​​the city of Viljandi .


Reconstruction drawing

The Crusaders of the Brothers of the Sword conquered the existing ramparts in 1223 and from 1224 they expanded the complex into one of the most powerful fortresses in Livonia . The convent house of the Teutonic Order was built in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

In the centuries that followed, the castle was expanded and strengthened. The facility was destroyed in the Swedish-Polish Wars in the early 17th century. From the 18th century, the inhabitants of Viljandi used the stones from the remains to expand the city.

In 1878 and 1879 the first excavations were carried out , which led to a reconstruction of the order castle. Open-air festivals are currently taking place on the site .

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