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Dobele Castle, Dobele

Dobele Castle is a castle in the town of Dobele on the west bank of the river, in the historical region of Zemgale, in Latvia. Dobele was built in 1335 by the Livonian order on top of a more ancient castle.
Place of the Dobele medieval castle was inhabited by Semigallians before and during Livonian crusade. On the hillfort was located administrative centre of the Dobele county and quite big settlement around it. It is first time mentioned in the written sources in 1254. During Livonian crusade heavy battles took place around the hillfort. It endured six sieges by Livonian order but crusaders never managed to conquer it. In 1279 crusader army from Kuldīga together with allied curonians attacked semigallian Dobele castle but was unable to conquer it. In winter 1280/81 Livonian order attacked Dobele castle under command of master Konrad von Feuchtwangen but attack failed. In winter 1288/89 large crusader army including allied estonians and latgalians under command of master Kuno von Hazzingenstein attacked Dobele. However they were able only to pillage and burn Dobele town but castle endured the siege. In 1289 after famine and crusader scorched earth policy to the whole region semigallians burned their Dobele castle and migrated to Lithuania. Thus Dobele castle was one of the last semigallian fortresses in the territory of Latvia.
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  • Well-kept gardens, can climb up narrow steep steps to tower. Turrets. Restoration of this 14th century castle started in 2002. The ruins overlook the Berze River which has three fountains. All free...  more »
  • In this place, there was a settlement of the early inhabitants of Dobele - Semigallians - already 1000 years B.C. A wooden Semigallian castle was built within the ancient town, and it was one of the....  more »
  • Because i lived in that place, it's really beautiful and it's in restauration right now.. so, don't go there yet. The Castle Ruins will be done restaurating in August
  • Interesting plase for ancient archelogy lovers. Quite romantic
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