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One of the oldest visible castle in Latvia is Turaida castle, it is built in 1214. Few building in Latvia are located in such a splendid landscape is set on some 80 meters high strip of land between two ravines at Gauja River. There is marvelous view from its 27 meters high tower over the forested Gauja Valley.

Castle has been built for Riga Bishop/Archbishop and has experienced more warfare than most other medieval castles in Latvia. It is not inhabited since 1776 and gradually was turning into ruins, until in the second half of 20th century there was started rebuilding of the castle for boosting of the tourism and rising the knowledge level. Nowadays the complex of the Turaida castle belongs to most interesting and most impressive culture landmarks in Latvia. It could be considered to be best explored medieval castle in Baltic States.

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