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  Schäferscheune (near the Krukenburg)

Here are some pics of the Schäferscheune, or Shepherd's Barn, just below the Krukenburg.

Schäferscheune, outside view

The building was erected in the 13th century as outwork for the defense of the Krukenburg. In the 17th century it served as house for the first Huguenot refugees (before they settled in the newfounded town Karlshafen), later it was used as barn. From 2001-04 the building was renovated and the old structures repaired. It now houses a restaurant.

Inside view

The interior has a nice, rustic flair, and the food is what we call Hausmannskost, typical German fare. They got good cakes as well.

Another outside view

BTW I think it's some fun that my blog now appears first if you search for Krukenburg in Yahoo.
 
Comments:
Most beautiful, Gabriele.
Thank you.
What is the figure in front to the right of the arch?
 
Oh Gabriele, I miss Europe so much.
 
Another question - is the arched doorway, suitable for the entry of a loaded hay wain, orginal?
The general shape resembles a tithe barn, if I remember right.
 
Now I am puzzled, because at least in its modern form it doesn't look remotely like a fortification! Unless the lower walls were once a barracks or some such, inside a fortified compound.
 
Bernita,
it's a little clay shepherd. :)
I suppose the arched doorway is from the time the building was used as barn, and they kept it to get some light, and because it's prettier than a little wooden door.

Sandra,
I can imagine.

Rick,
the stone walls inside look pretty much like former barracks, though on the second floor the walls seem to have been wattle and daub. Those have been removed and only the wooden beams are still there. I assume they've already been removed when the building was used as barn and have not been rebuilt because the upper floor is now used as large room for weddings and such. Some of the windows have been enlarged. There's some scarcely visible earthen wall and trench fortifications outside as well.
 
See - great photos :-)
 
What a gorgeous building!!!
 
That's you seated across from the baby blue-sweatered granny, isn't it?

Love your photos.
 
Hi Crystal,
thanks for stopping by.

Sam,
it is. I'm glad they brought it back from its slumber as barn and use it in a way people can enjoy.

Doug,
yes, that's me. And the 'granny' is my late mother. My father took the pic a week before her fatal accident.
 
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I'm a writer of Historical Fiction and Fantasy living in Germany. I got a MA in Literature, Scandinavian Studies, Linguistics and History, I'm interested in Archaeology and everything Roman and Mediaeval, an avid reader, opera enthusiast, traveller with a liking for foreign languages and odd rocks, and photographer.


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