Monday, January 26, 2015


The ID of this card is latvian but the card is from Estonia, showing Haapsalu bishop’s castle, established in the 13th century. It is one of the best preserved Medieval fortresses. 

© Antre Inforeklaam
LV-174169, sent by Agnese.
The oldest part of the castle is a square castel, a so-called small fort, which is made up of a dome church and a convent building.
The Dome Church is the heart of the castle. It it is one of the largest one aisled churches in the Baltic region and the Nordic countries. The interior is simple as the Cistercian monastic standards required. The baptizing chapel with its round floor is quite unusual in the world and similar ones can be found only in Italy. In all likelihood, this chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built in the second half of the 14th century.   Because of the placement of the chapel’s windows you can see a figure of a women appear on the middle window during full moon nights (in August and February). Every year during the White Lady Festival, the unforgettable story of the maiden is performed as an open air theatre play. The acoustics in the church are very good, the echo lasting up to 11 seconds, is a serious challenge for the performers and offers the listeners a unique experiences. - in: 

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