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Turaida
Museum Reserve


Campaign „Learn about history and events of the Turaida castle in the course of 800 years through the stories told by castle objects!” 15th story:The vaulted ceiling in the tower-shaped southern block of the Turaida Castle


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!

Dienvidu korpusa pirmā stāva telpa ar pusaploces šķīrējarku vidū
The separating arch on the first floor of the tower-shaped southern block

A vault is an arched structure in masonry buildings used to provide a space with a ceiling. Vaults are built either from stones or bricks using lime mortar. A vaulted space is more pleasing than a space with a flat ceiling, opening it up and increasing the feeling of spaciousness, excitement and security. A vaulted ceiling reminds of the sky above a beautiful pine forest, sky is also sometimes referred to in literature as the vault of heaven.

The tower-shaped southern block is similar to double-chapels with vaulted ceilings that are common in Medieval castles in Germany.  The Gothic double cross vault that covers the first floor is rare in Latvia.

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