Jaunpils Travel Guide

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    Jaunpils castle
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    by haeffner Written Mar 27, 2015

    In 1605 the castle owner Matthias von Reke was engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with the Swedish king Charles IX. Matthias won both the king's silver sword and helmet and 300 prisoners. The prisoners Matthias used to build the "Swedish Wall".

    The Swedish wall from the outside, street side The Swedish wall from the inside Wall from outside, church portal, castle in backgr
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    by haeffner Updated Mar 22, 2015

    The castle was built in 1301 by Gottfried von Roga, a Livland king, and from the 15th century the von Reke family (see the church history). The remarkable thing about this castle is that it is preserved since its beginning - with small modifications. In the 15th century the round tower was added with port holes for cannons because of the development of new weapons. The castle is surrounded by water (3 rivers and a canal with draw-bridge).
    In 1605 the owner Matthias von Reke was engaged in a hand-to-hand fight with the Swedish king Charles IX. Matthias won both the king's silver sword and helmet and 300 prisoners. The prisoners Matthias used to build the "Swedish Wall" (see separate review).
    However.. the Swedish king Gustaf II Adolf took revenge in 1625 and completely destroyed Jaunpils. After this the castle was reconstructed, a third floor was added and kolonnades were added on the inner yard.
    In 1905 revolutionists set fire to the castle and the inventories, collected since 5 centuries, were destroyed. It was reconstructured already in 1907
    In the 1960ies and 70ies the castle was used by the Russians for cattle breeding but from the liberation in 1991 it has been restored to former glory.

    When we were there in march -15 we were very lucky: There was a recording going on and we saw 5 ladies dressed in typical dresses and there was a firing of the cannon ouside the gate.

    Jaunpils castle Four of the five ladies Ready to fire the cannon (can��t upload the video)
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    by haeffner Written Mar 22, 2015

    The Castle museum was a mixed experience. The museum was quite small and had only a few objects. There was a prison cellar, a furnished room and a very small round room. You can see the small room from the outside on the first castle picture, just above the entrance. The round room had very nice wall paintings (see picture).The square room had only a sofa, an organ and some pictures from the restauration of the castle.
    Entrance fee: 0,71 euro/adult.

    The round room on 2nd floor The square room Wall painting in round room
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    by niamey00 Written Jun 13, 2004

    Very dark cosy medieval-style restaurant in the Jaunpils Castle. Nothing fancy on the menu, but it is good, fresh, and filling. Five of us ate for about 8 Lats (About $14US).

    restaurant door on the right
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