The fort in Toolse

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The building process began in 1471, on the initiative of Master Johann Wolthus von Herse, thus it is the newest Order's fort in Estonia. At first, it was probably a tower house castle, but was expanded later on.

The fort had at least three towers, biggest of these was the round tower in the north-western corner, that has not preserved.

The fort was the center of the bailiwick and protected the seaport of Rakvere. It was probably built to protect it from freebooters. It fell to Russians in the beginning of the Livonian War, and was destroyed. It was partly restored during the Swedish era, has stood in ruins since the end of the Great Northern War.

Source: Kalvi Aluve. Eesti keskaegsed linnused. Tallinn:

Valgus, 1993.

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