Castles of Latvia - Cesis Pils
The first castle I'd like to show you is in the town of Cesis. The pils (the word castle in Latvian) sits on a small hill surrounded by the city which, of course, grew up around the castle.
|Model of the castle|
|Altar in the ruins|
The ruins sit in a beautiful park now. We wandered around the grounds of the old castle and came upon an ancient altar that was used in the castle hundreds of years ago. My husband was intrigued because he could still make out the crosses on the four corners and in the middle of the stone altar top.
|St. John's Lutheran Church|
The church has been restored and renovated many times over the years with the 65 meter tower added in 1853. The burial plates of the Livonian Masters are located within the church.
|Altar of St. John's|
The plain-looking church was built in the Romanesque style with large arches and high ceilings. The pulpit was constructed in 1748 and the altar in 1858.
It truly was amazing to walk around structures that have stood in this city center for close to 800 years.
Information taken from Latvia Travel Guide.