Stronghold hill and settlement site in Rebäse
Stronghold hill and settlement site in Rebäse – once there was a stronghold on this oval hill with its steep slopes, built to function as a local centre for the authorities. The people of Karula lived on the hill well before the Common Era. During the Viking Age (800-1050 CE) the hill was probably associated with the beaver trade – hunting beavers and selling their pelts to Arabs was a lucrative business at the time. During the Ancient Estonian Fight for Freedom (1208-1227) Germans besieged the stronghold and likely destroyed it. To the west of the stronghold hill is an ancient settlement site.