The area that makes up modern-day northern Poland
and Estonia was once a religious state governed by the Teutonic Order. The Teutonic Knights were initially invited to the area by Duke Konrad I of Masovia to help him in his crusade against the pagan Slavic tribes. The Order slowly took over the territories that were lent to them and established a full-fledged religious, military state. They dominated the area by using the fortresses that they built in almost every important town of the region. Six centuries later, the castles are still there and remain extremely impressive. Here are seven incredible facts about Eastern Europe’s Teutonic castles.
The castles were densely sprinkled across the territory of the Teutonic State
The State of the Teutonic Order was a great military power. Retaining control over an area this vast required a strict system. The Order would, therefore, build fortresses no farther than approximately 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) apart – within a day’s ride