Jaunmoku Castle is a masterpiece of architecture in Latvia is designed in a combination of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau style. The Palace was built in 1901 as a hunting lodge and summer residence for the Mayor of Riga — George Armitsted (1847-1912). Sculpture by j. Armisteda with a dog can be seen in Riga, opposite the Opera and Ballet Theatre. Jaunmoku Castle is one of the most famous and most beautiful brick buildings in Latvia. The Interior of the Castle hunting Castle of newly created at the end of the 20th century, however, among the original Interior special attention deserve the tiled stoves the lock, one of which was established at the turn of 19-20 centuries in honour of the 700-year anniversary of Riga, and on which you can see the painting with images of Riga and the surrounding area a century ago.
There are two variants of the name of the Castle. The first is near from this place is Karatavskaâ Hill, which in ancient times, Baron chastised his subjects. Brook originates from the martyrs. The second option-the word “jaunmokas” at the Prussian dialect means “new field”, which in this place once purchased a landowner.
George Armitstead was the owner of the Palace and Manor Jaunmokas until 1904 Goda. After the death of his father, George inherited the estate and sold the castle of Rindzele Combining Brinkens family, who owned the Castle until 1910 year. After that, the owners of the Palace changed very often. In 1920, the castle was nationalized by Latvia, and until 1940 it was used as a sanatorium for children. During the 2nd world war, Russians and the German army used the Castle as a military school, a radio station and a hospital. After the war, the Palace was used as a base of machine and tractor land (soil improvement and drainage) and the stock of agricultural machinery. The 20 families lived in the Castle, which still housed the store, movie theater and dance halls.
In 1974 the building was taken over by the Ministry of forestry, and after 20 years of intensive reconstruction Jaunmoku Castle was completely restored. In the castle there is the exposition about forestry and hunting in Latvia. Also offers theatrical excursions, holidays, there are cafes, playgrounds. Very nice view from the observation tower. Jaunmoku castle there are its own legend and his cast, dialogue which documented the scientists from Germany.
Jaunmoku Castle legend
The legend of Jaunmokas Palace is based on real events that took place at the beginning of the 20th century, and the legend tells us the story of a young girl named Dorothy.
At the end of 20-th century the relatives of the former owner of the Palace of von Ungern-Sternberg, visited the Palace and after this visit, we received a letter in which the tragic incident was described what happened at the beginning of the 20th century.
German army resided in the Palace during World War II. At this time a young girl Dorothy worked as a nanny in the Palace. Dorothy fell in love with the officer, but the army did not stay long in one place. After a while the officer had left the Palace, together with the army, leaving the girl who was waiting for the child. Dorothy could not withstand the breaking up and she didn’t want to feel shame when everyone finds out her secret, so the night Dorothy went to a pond near the Palace, and completed her life by jumping into the water.
After this tragic event, the inhabitants of the Palace is sometimes seen a mysterious ghost, white dress that wandered around the Palace. The spirit of Dorothy did not find peace.
People who worked and lived in the Palace, saying that they often heard and seen a white lady who walked through the Palace or slammed the door.
Not every visitor can see a White Lady, but who knows … Maybe if you visit the Palace Jaunmokas, or stay here for the night, you will witness its presence.