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Rakvere Fort


Throughout the ages, Rakvere Castle has belonged to Danish kings, knight-monks of the Livonian Order and the Swedish and Polish states.
The longest period was the age of the Order, when Rakvere Castle was an important link in the defence system of the eastern border of the Teutonic Order.

The bailiffs of Rakvere Castle were usually smart and capable young knights, for whom the castle was a good springboard to gaining a leading position in the Order. At the end of the old times there was an Estonian stronghold called Tarvanpää at the present location of Rakvere Castle.
In 1226, during his journey to Virumaa the papal legate Wilhelm of Modena stayed there.

Under his supervision peace was made between the Danes and Germans and land conquered from the Estonians was distributed.