Estonia, Glen Castle

Estonia, Glen Castle

Glen Castle is located in Tallinn in Nõmme district on the slope of Mustamägi. Around the castle is a beautiful park. The landowner Nikolai von Glen founded a park on this slope. The castle was built in 1886. It is not known for what reason the baron exchanged fertile land beyond Lake Harku on the Mustamagi slope, which was covered with pine. Such an act from the point of view of the contemporaries of the landowner von Glen seemed almost insane.

This hill has been popular since the middle of the 19th century as a place for picnics. Apparently, the Baron planned to establish a city on this place, since the project had a town hall, a post office, several churches, a racetrack, and even a mud bath.

The castle itself was built according to the project of the owner of the territory. The landlord himself participated in the construction. The main work was carried out by prisoners of the Tallinn prison. Von Glen sometimes, for the sake of aesthetic development, played the prisoners on the clarinet excerpts from Wagner’s operas. The castle is built in medieval Gothic style.

Opposite the castle you can see the ruins of the “palm house”, which Vova Baron’s time was a semi-underground greenhouse. Unfortunately, today the baron’s winter garden is in a miserable form. Not far from the ruins, on the hill there is a tetrahedral obelisk constructed in honor of the beloved horse of Baron von Glen.

Glen Castle

Nearby, between the tall trees is a huge sculpture, called the people “Glenn’s devil,” although, according to the author’s intention, the giant sculpture personified the Estonian character Kalevipoeg. The sculpture that we see today is a copy, the original was destroyed even during the First World War, its fragments can be seen in several ags from the copy.

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Not far from the “Glennovsky Devil” is another stone giant, called in the people “crocodile”, which, according to the plan of the baron, was to be a dragon. Between these two sculptures you can see a depression, similar to a wide ditch. The Baron planned to make a river here, the source of which would be the Pääsküla marsh. The river was supposed to flow through the park, and fall off the waterfall from the cliff. However, this venture was not implemented, since sandy soil sucked up all the water, and the park remained with a dried up bed.

There is also the building of a baron, which has survived to this day – it is the “lookout tower”. According to the plan of the Baron, the tower should have been so high that it would be possible to see the Finnish shore with it. Unfortunately, von Glen again failed: the foundation was too frail, and this idea had to be abandoned. Today there is an observatory in this building. The eccentric baron von Glen made many more sights in the park, which, to our regret, have not survived to our time.

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