In January, the Turaida Museum Reserve starts campaign „Learn about history and events of the Turaida castle in the course of 800 years through the stories told by castle objects!” The purpose of the campaign is to invite visitors of the museum to pay attention to antiquities, found in the castle, and by their assistance to discover exciting historical stories. During the year, each second week an original object in the castle exhibitions will be highlighted. As a reward for finding this object and learning about it, the visitors will get a special label of the campaign. The stories of the objects will be published also at www.turaida-muzejs.lv and www.facebook.com/turaida.muzejs
Follow these stories and become acquainted with the Turaida stone castle and its heritage anew!
Warm Air Stoves in the Turaida Castle
Between the 13th and the 18th century, the castle was heated with fireplaces, warm air stoves, ceramic tile stoves, and other types of stoves. Archaeologists have found more than 20 different locations for stoves, and fragments of five warm air stoves have been preserved. Such stoves were also used in other Latvian and European castles during the Middle Ages.
How warm air stoves worked
The stone chamber of the warm air stove of the southern part of the room has been preserved along with the brick floor from the 15th and 16th century. The stove was fired from the outside. As the rocks grew hot, they heated the surrounding rooms. The air flowed upward via channels in the floor of the second story of the building, thus heating the workroom of the archbishop.