The fort in Maasilinn

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The construction of the fort began right after the uprising had been banished in Saaremaa, in 1345. Initially, a small house fort was built, which was later significantly widened. The main constructions probably took place during the rule of Goswin von Herike (1345-1359).

Ultimately, the fort had three floors, and 3 m high walls. The fort was built by the Oeselians, who where thus punished for their revolt (the German name of the fort, Soneburg, holds the meaning of a punishment).

There is information about the bailiffs of Maasilinn from the beginning of the XV century. In the beginning of the Livonian War, the fort fell to the Danes, but during the Northern Seven Year's War (1563-1570), the Swedish managed to get hold of it. Danes got the fort back in 1575, and decided to blow it up, just in case. Since then it has stood in ruins.

Source: Kalvi Aluve. Eesti keskaegsed linnused. Tallinn: Valgus, 1993.

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