The fort in Pöide

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At first, neither the Order nor the bishops built any forts to Saaremaa, as submission treaties that the Oeselians held left them plenty of freedom. Only a tax was collected annually. Things changed after 1255, when the bailiff of the Order decided to start spending winters in Saaremaa.

It is surmised, that due to this the Pöide fort was built, which was probably relatively small and may not have had defenders present at all times. The Oeselians destroyed the fort in 1343, when the revolt began. Later, Pöide fortress-church was built partly on top of the fort, Order's new fort was constructed nearby, to Maasilinn.

Source: Kalvi Aluve. Eesti keskaegsed linnused. Tallinn: Valgus, 1993.

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