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Haapsalu Castle, Haapsalu

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Haapsalu Castle is a castle with cathedral in Haapsalu, Estonia, founded in the thirteenth century as the seat of the Bishopric of Ösel-Wiek. According to legend, during full moons in August, an image of a maiden, The White Lady, appears on the inner wall of the chapel.HistoryIn 1228, the Archbishop of Riga, Albert of Riga formed a new diocese consisting of Läänemaa, Saaremaa and Hiiumaa and designated Gottfried, an abbot of Dünamünde Cistercian monastery, as the bishop. The bishopric was created as a state of the Holy Roman Empire on 1 October 1228, by Henry, King of the Romans. Papal legate Wilhelm of Modena fixed these borders permanently in 1234. The first residence of the Bishopric of Ösel-Wiek was located in Lihula Castle, where with the help of the Livonian Brothers of the Sword, a stronghold was built of stone. In an attempt to avoid conflicts with the influential Order, the Bishop transferred the diocese's residence to Perona, where it was burned by Lithuanians ten years later. A new center for the diocese was chosen in Haapsalu, where an Episcopal stronghold and cathedral were started. Building of the castle went on for three centuries.
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  • Episcopal Castle area from 13th century is what Haapsalu is known for. There you can find ancient ruins, cathedral, garden etc. and then this Museum. 5€ entrance is much cheaper than visit to a gym, b...  more »
  • Ruins. The most interesting things are uppstairs. Doctors room and bells. Worth going in August, to see the ghoust, White Lady.  more »
  • Excellent timeline and all the information was multilingual. No extra costs, once you paid for the castle.  more »
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  • It is worth checking out if your there, but not a destination. We didn't do the musiem though, so maybe that changes things.
  • Cool castle but the museum was a bit boring.
  • Historic castle with nice ruins that you can visit during the summer time
  • Interesting place with lot of history behind it. Take a tour or ask any local to tell you more about the different folk stories and legends about the castle. Also the Church in the ruins is fully functional 😉
  • An old and historic castle, wonderfull!