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Paide is the capital of Järva County, Estonia.The town was formally founded 30 September 1291 by Halt, master of the Livonian Order.As of 1 January 2013 the population of Paide was 8228.Paide is also home to Paide Ühisgümnaasiumi Staadion, the home ground of Meistriliiga football team, Paide Linnameeskond.EtymologyPaide's German name Weißenstein means "white stone". This name was derived from the limestone used for the construction of Paide Castle. A Latin translation of that, Albus Lapis, has also been used. The Estonian name Paide was first recorded in 1564 as Paida and is thought to derive from the word paas, pae "limestone".SightsPaide castleA castle was built in Paide by order of Konrad von Mandern, master of the Livonian Order, sometime in 1265 or 1266. It was from the beginning constructed around the central tower or keep, locally known as Tall Hermann tower or Vallitorn. With its six storeys, the tower has always been the core of the castle complex. The fortress was strengthened during the 14th and 15th centuries, when the surrounding walls were enlarged and towers added. It was also modernised to be able to meet the new threat of firearms. During the 16th century, the castle was again modified through the addition of outer bastions.
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