Angerja – tower house


   The castle was probably built at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, possibly on the initiative of the Kudeseldide family, to defend during the troubled times of peasant uprisings. Between 1451 and 1455, it belonged to the Teutonic Order, which sold it to Bruno Wetberg in 1455. At the beginning of the 16th century it belonged to burgrave J. Vian. It was then also rebuilt. It is believed that the castle was destroyed during the Livonian War.


   The building was erected of limestone on a plan similar to a rectangle, it had the character of a tower house and had a basement. The walls almost 2 meters thick at the ground floor level separated two rooms: larger on the eastern side and smaller, narrow in the west. Communication between the floors was provided by straight stairs, embedded in the thickness of the eastern wall. At a later stage of functioning, a trapezoidal wall was added on the eastern side, separating either a small courtyard or an additional room. The whole was surrounded by a ditch. Apart from the main tower house, no traces of other stone buildings were found, except for a nearby mill, which was first mentioned in 1424.

Current state

   The tower house has been preserved in the form of a ruin with walls reaching a few meters high. Fragments of the castle’s ditch are also visible. Entrance to the monument is free.

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Tuulse A., Die Burgen in Estland und Lettland, Dorpat 1942.