The fortified tower in the centre of Mūrmuiža is considered to be the only example of such residential building in Latvia. Architect Pēteris Blūms admits that the residential tower most likely was built at the end of the 16th Century as a country residence for the Bishop of Cēsis Otto Schenking.
The tower has rooms resembling premises for prayer, there is a mural and remains of a fireplace. Riga shillings have been found in the cellar. A tale goes round that when Swedes invaded the place they were surprised that a tower hah been built there as there was nothing but the tower. The manor emerged much later and the place later gained its name because of the tower (Mūrmuiža lit. = Walls’ Manor).
Location: Mūrmuiža, Kauguru pagasts, Beverīnas novads
GPS coordinates: 57.4752450, 25.4898602
Available: all year. Only visible from the outside!