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Krimulda Manor
Krimulda Manor

Prince Lieven’s living house was built around 1822 in the classic style. The manor complex consists of steward’s house, coach house, Swiss cottage, etc. Home wine tasting.

 

Address Mednieku iela 3, Sigulda
Coordinates 57.167765   24.829883
Phone +371 29111619
E-mail

krimulda@lis.lv

www www.krimuldasmuiza.lv

 

Ancient manuscripts show that, by the 15th century, the area between Krimulda castle and the park ponds had become a town of craftsmen. The population continued to grow, overtaking that of both Sigulda and the opposite bank of Gauja until it became the established center of the region. This changed dramatically after the fire when only four people remained. Later documents mention only one inhabitant.

 

When the castles of the Livonian Order and the Archbishop of Riga were leased out in 1566, Krimulda manor became a self-sustaining feudal property.

 

The castle changed hands from one owner to another up until 1817 when it was purchased at auction by Prince Johan George Liven. The Prince, whose family claim they are descended from the Liv leader Kaupo, made the purchase based on his historical ties. He built a manor commensurate to the family status and also developed a romantic park in the area. The castle itself is a relatively small building with a cube-like central part. It is decorated by a massive porch supported by four columns and has symmetrical one story wings on both sides. Undisputedly, it’s most notable attribute is its placement within the natural setting. Inhabitants and guests alike could enjoy the scenic view from the precipice terrace, the balcony or the little tower.

 

For many years people thought the castle was built in the middle of the 19th century until art historian and castle researcher -Dainis Brugis - came to a different conclusion. Following a careful analysis of the facts and biographical information of the owners of Krimulda manor, he concluded that the manor had been built in 1822. This building is one of the most notable examples in Latvia of  a classic villa.

 

Krimulda palace isn't the only building remaining in the estate complex. The stable, built in 1893, is an excellent example of traditional asymmetric style construction using broken boulders. Also on the estate you can view the steward’s house, a barn, an oasthouse and the former Sveices/Swiss house. The Swiss house is one of the last remaining examples of the boarding-house type buildings which were common here during the 19th century. Before World War I, it was a boarding house for aristocrats and higher government clerks.

 

In 1921 the state took over Krimulda manor allowing the Latvian Red Cross to establish the only sanatorium in the country for tuberculosis treatment. The Swiss house was initially turned into a rehabilitation house for soldiers, but later became apartments for the sanatorium employees. The house continued as a healing facility through World War II. Nowadays it is a certified rehabilitation center with both hotel and hostel types of lodging available.

 


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