Paide monastery is founded

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n 1305, the Livonian Order forced Dünamünde monks to sell the cloister site, as it was in a very good strategical location: in the river mouth of Väina River. Thus, the monks relocated to Northern Estonia, where, possibly, their subsidiary monastery was located. Over a relatively short period of time, they managed to build up a well functioning monastery, but for this, the hard labor of local peasants was probably used. That is why the monastery was burnt down during the St. George's Night Uprising and all the 28 monks were killed. Next data about the monastery appears in the beginning of the XV century. Archaeological data shows however, that it had likely been restored earlier, in the second half of the XIV century; the monastery functioned until 1559. Main building is still standing.

Source: Jaan Tamm. Eesti keskaegsed kloostrid = Medieval monasteries of Estonia. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus, 2002.

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