The Zemgalians Castle Mound and Dobele Castle Ruins

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AlexMatos on December 9, 2007

Wonderfull antique place **Ainars!

Nicely documented by you.

How old are these ruins? from which people?

Cheers, Alex

Ainars M -2 on December 11, 2007

This is what I get from wiki: "The name of the city of Dobele is mentioned in historical sources since 1254; however, during this time it was only a wooden fortress which was destroyed during the Livonian Wars (1558-1583). On its spot, a new, stone, castle was erected and this time a small settlement emerged. The ruins of this fortress are still accessible and in the process of being restored. The original church was constructed in 1495, and eventually the fortress developed into a trading post."

What I can read from other web sources? Area once was well know with countless bloody battles against wikings, russians, litauens and livonians. They come and go, they rob and kill there all past centuries! That was reason why Semigallians build such stone fortress in ~1300. Just 100 meters from there (accross the street) was found evidences of much more ancient semigallians settlements - 1000 years b.c.!

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