Lihula is a town in Estonia with population of 1,614 (as of 2006). It is a centre of a rural municipality in Lääne County. The castle of Leal (now: Lihula) was first mentioned in 1211. It was the centre of Diocese Saare-Lääne (Ösel-Wiek). On 8 August 1220, the Swedish army was defeated here by Estonians in the Battle of Lihula.
For a short period there was a monument in Lihula, honoring those Estonian soldiers who fought in the German Army against Soviet Union during World War II. By the order of prime minister Juhan Parts, the authorities removed the monument and as of June 2007, it stands in the Occupation Museum in Tallinn