Thursday, June 4, 2015

Virtual Paintout in Estonia

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Viljandi Castle
Watercolour and crayon
©2015 Charlene Brown

The Virtual Paintout is in Estonia this month. At first I tried to line up a nice shot of the skyline of Tallinn, the capital, and when that didn’t work, headed south and found this castle ruin overlooking a lake near the centre of Estonia.

Viljandi Castle was built by the Crusaders of the Order of Teutonic Knights in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. It fell into ruin following the Polish-Swedish wars of the early 17th century, and was ‘quarried’ for stones for construction in Viljandi throughout the 18th century.

Currently the ruins form a popular resort area just outside of town. An open-air stage with several rows of comfy seating (I think not) is located in the former central courtyard. Here is the link to the Google Streetview on which the painting is based.