Varaklani Castle

Pils ielā 27, zip code LV-4838, Varakļāni, Latvia
Lng: 26.776457726955414 , Lat: 56.60749279477629

Contact person: Terese Korsaka
Phone: 64866162 , 29359242 / ,
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According to cout Borh's initiative, Italian architect Vincenco Macotti was invited to Latgale to build Varaklani castle. This castle is an outstanding and early classicism model in Latvian building art. The building was built from 1783-1789.
 The facade of the castle is decorated with the motto of M. Borha - "Virtute duce - Deo favente - Comite fortune" ( Masculinity leads, God helps, fortune accompanies ).The layout of the castle is rather specific and the only one in Latvia.
 M. Jan von der Borh (1751 - 1811) was well known for his great achievements as a scientist and statesman. From 1790 his and his wife Eleonora's ( she was the daughter of Baltic governor general Georg Brown ) constant place of living became Varaklani.

Additional information

Working hours from 24th of May until 21st of October:
Monday - by request
Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 10:00 AM -17:00 PM
Friday from 10:00 AM - 19:00 PM
Saturdays from 11:00 AM - 19:00 PM  
Sundays from 11:00 AM -16:00 PM
Night of Legends at manors of Latvia
The traditional Night of Legends is perfect choice for warming up for the Closing Event of travellers` campaign "Visit Baltic Manors - Celebrate Together!". For the 7th time manors, castles and palaces in Latvia invite to enjoy a special atmosphere and exciting events in the Night of Legends. The participants in this night will have a great opportunity to know manors, castles and palaces in a special mood, when history stories tangled with modern life and there will be also a possibility to join activities. The Night of Legends will be celebrated in Latvia on 27th of October.

In more than 30 castle and manor halls, towers, basements, courtyards and parks of  historic houses will take guests to hear reliable and incredible stories, classical and contemporary tunes, shows, housemates and calling for creative manifestations.

In Zemgale region:
Abgunste manor, Durbe castle, Eleja manor Tea house, Jaunauce manor, Jaunpils castle, Kalnsēta manor and park, Lielplatone manor, Lielvircava manor, Staļģene manor, Šlokenbeka manor, Vadakste manor, Vecauces castle, Vilce manor, Zaļā manor, Svitene manor.

In Vidzeme region:Alūksne New castle, Cēsu New castle, Cesvaines castlmanor, Jercēnu manor, Kokmuiža castle complex, Liepupe manor, Puikule manor, Stāmeriena castle, Ungurmuiža manor, Veselava manor, Zvārtava castle.

In Kurzeme region:Dundaga castle, Pelču castle, Padure manor, Spāre manor, The Castle of the Livonian Order in Ventspils.

In Latgale region:Arendole manor, Preiļu castle, Varakļānu castle, Luznava manor.
Night of Legends at Varakļāni palace
There is an old legend that heralds arrived at the  “Elku (Idol) mountain” of Varakļāni. The missionaries had arrived and, on the “Mount of Adols”, had built a cross and blessed it. There were various magicians, witches, werewolves and other pagan cult adherents gathered around that moment. By the meaning of God's name and the blessing of the cross, all these evil creatures have turned into different animals and sneaked off to the grove because they have been haunted by a high-lifted cross. This grove is called “Raganbirzi”. With that, the land and the county had finally gained a peace and blessing. The servants of Christ have settled on this cross to guard the nation from unfavourables. St.Victor chapel  was built on this mountain later. Victor's (winner) chapel.
Night of Legends programme:
At 6:00 PM- saint service at St. Victor's Chapel;At 7:00 PM - a spiritual music concert;At 8:00 PM - Presentation on "The steps of count Borha and the Order of  Malta and Gozo Island ';At 8:30 PM - Visit to Count Borhs cript, stories of  legends and tales of the Borhu family;Until 10:00 - an individual visit to the chapel;The entrance is free of charge.
A request for visitors to dress warm because there is no heating in the chapel.