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Coordinates: 56°58'30,8'' N 23°13'36,6'' E Google Maps
No:7        (full list of landmarks)
Category:Medieval castles, Palaces and manor houses
Address:(Tukums district), Engure region, Smarde municipality, Slokenbeka village, right bank of Slocene river, at the roadside of old Riga - Tukums road
Year of construction:End of 15th century or beginning of 16th century
Architectural style:Gate towers - late Barocco - early Classicism (rebuilding of 1752)
Values:Architecture, archaeology
Conservation status:Archaeology monument of state importance No.2324, architecture monument of state importance No.6838.


Southern gate tower of Slocene medieval castle

Southern tower of Slokenbeka medieval castle - view across Slocene river

The sole survived fortified centre of manor from 16th - 17th century in Latvia is Slokenbeka castle. This castle of Livonian Order is first mentioned in documents in 1544.

Nowadays there has been preserved the impressive defensive wall which encloses large quandrangular area with several buildings - mainly from 19th century - along its inner side. Interesting elements of Slokenbeka castle are both gatehouses with towers built in 1688 and 31 portholes in defensive wall.


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