Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


15.10.08
  More Castle Picspam - Weidelsburg

This one was a journey back the memory lane. The castles I'll present today are some I've seen as teenager when we lived on the other side of Kassel and the Habichtswald Forest. My father came along, because for him those places hold memories, too.

Weidelsburg, inner curtain walls

The Weidelsburg, first mentioned in the 12th century, is the largest castle in northern Hessia. It doesn't stand comparison with places like Pembroke or Caernarfon, but it's still a pretty impressive sight. It's also situated on top of a hill as usual, and the parking lot is on the foot of the hill. But the mountains of the Habichtswald are not as bad as some of those in the Harz.
Weidelsburg, eastern palas building

The Weidelsburg has two palas (the word is related to 'palace') buildings. A palas is the central house with the great hall on the lower floor and the family rooms above. The west building is undergoing renovation right now and mostly wrapped in scaffolding. They're cleaning the stones and replace the crumbling mortar. Next year, the east palas will get the same treatment.

Weidelsburg, view through the east door into the bailey

The Weidelsburg, like so many castles in Germany, was built to protect tradeways. In 1266 it was sold to the archbishop of Mainz, and it came to a quarrel between the archbishop and Landgrave Heinrich (again *sigh*) of Hessen during which the castle was destroyed. The parts remaining today date to the rebuilding about hundred years later.
 
Comments:
In the picture of the Weidelsburg palas, is there a change in the stonework about halfway up the tower, or is that a trick of the light?
 
Carla, there's been restoration work going on in the 80ies, so I assume part of the wall was rebuilt. You can get onto the roof of the palas, and that'll require some safety measures.
 
I like that fireplace...just think, that was YEARS before Rumford came up with his "perfect" fireplace designs. I presume there was a floor there, but I see no evidence of beam sockets. LOTS of restoration work then.
 
There are some beam socked on the side walls, but yep, they usually do at least enough restoration work to keep walls from crumbling further and falling on the heads of tourists. :)
 
Beautiful. Just fantastic.
 
Always love looking at your castle photos. On your trips to castles, have you taken any pictures of the inside of gatehouse complexes? I've been looking for some detailed photos of gatehouses but haven't found many good ones.

Steven
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