Neķēns Manor

Neķēns or Nēķins Manor was first mentioned in written documents in the 15th century. In 1426, the Archbishop Henning allocated this manor (named Gerslau at that time) to Johann Frogt. Later the manor had a number of owners that did not really care for it. Economic life and manor itself started to prosper when August Joachim von Pander, a Lieutenant of the Guards, became its owner.

  • Nēķena muiža
  • Photo: No Vecpiebalgas TIP arhīva
  • Neķēns Manor
  • Photo: From the archives of Vecpiebalga TIC

The Pander family owned the manor until the Agrarian Reform carried out during Latvia’s first period of independence, i. e., in 1922. The 1905 Revolution left the Nēķens Manor untouched due to the humane management implemented by the Pander family. A story tells that Neķēns peasants and servants defended the manor against revolutionists willing to burn it down.

The present Nēķēni Manor and its buildings were created in the second half of the 19th century replacing the previous 100-year-old construction. Master house was built in the 1880s according to designs of the architect R. G. Schmeling, as Heinrich Pander was inspired by architectural forms of the Italian Renaissance villas.
Manor and its buildings include master house, twenty household buildings and the park.

Today Neķēns Manor building houses Taurene Parish administration and cultural centre. The Manor can only be viewed from the outside.


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Amenities and Features: 
  • Free parking
Last updated: 09.09.2014