The fort in Tarvastu

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The fort was built in the XIV century, probably on top of a Estonian fort that had stood there before. The first confirmed data is from 1329, when the Lithuanian forces sieged it.

The fort served as the tower house fort for the commanders of the Viljandi bailiwick, and it became more important in the beginning of the XV century, when the Master of the Order began to stay there more often. Due to that, the walls were heightened and the building itself fortified. The watermill near the fort must have also held great importance, as it too had fortifications: a strong protective tower that was 14 m wide and had 1,7 m thick walls.

One of the Masters of the Order, Heinrich von Galen, died in Tarvastu fort, in 1557. The fort was damaged in the Livonian War, but it fell into ruins in the end of the XVI century, after a gunpowder explosion.

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

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