The castle ruins are the oldest historical monument in the city. From the 9th to the 12th century, the ancient Latgalian, wooden castle with an adjacent settlement were situated on the hill next to the river. In the 13th century, the German crusaders destroyed it and built the Livonian Order stone castle (Rositten). The castle was located in a strategically important place; therefore, the Russians, Lithuanians, Poles and Swedes were seeking to conquer it, until the castle was destroyed in the 17th century during the Polish-Swedish War. A legend tells that beneath the ruins, Princess Rose lives, and she is waiting to be freed from the spell. Visitors can still feel the ancient breath in the Rēzekne City Festival which takes place in August, when members of the history reconstruction club set up a medieval settlement on the castle hill. In summer, a model of the medieval castle can be seen opposite the castle hill (author Edmunds Smans), 16 Pils Street.
EASTERN LATVIA’S CENTER OF CREATIVE SERVICES “ ZEIMUĻS”
The Creative centre “Zeimuļs” organises interesting and non-formal education activities for children and youth. Visually, the building’s towers resemble two pencils, decorated with Latvian national ornaments, they offer a breathtaking view of the castle and the historic city centre. The building has one of the largest green roofs in the Baltic States. “Zeimuļs” is a place where the new, active and creative potential of the city meet.