Castle sights in Southwestern Estonia & The Islands
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Haapsalu's unpolished gem is the 13th-century Bishop's Castle. Today the fortress stands in partial but very picturesque ruins. A turreted tower, most of the outer wall and some of the moat remain. To learn about the castle's history and see some dramatically displayed cassocks and medieval weaponry, don't miss the museum and dome church. The church is actually a Roman-Gothic cathedral, with three inner domes - the largest such structure in the Baltics - and its acoustics are phenomenal.
The cathedral was not strictly Roman Catholic from the start, due to the lukewarm welcome Christianity received in these parts. It was assimilated into the Episcopal stronghold in the…