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Heidexburg Castle was once the residence of the influential Prince of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. This architectural monument is located in the city of Rudolstadt in the federal state of Thuringia. The building stands on a 60-meter dais, so you can see it from afar.
Once upon a time there was a fortress built in the 13th century and owned by the Counts of Orlamunde. It was destroyed by the Thuringian War between the counts in 1345. The new castle was built in the second half of the 14th century. But even this version of the castle was not final, it was destroyed by a fire in 1573, today we can see only a piece of that building – a round tower in an equestrian arena.
The next palace in the Renaissance style with three wings was almost completely destroyed by the fire, this happened already in 1735. Finally, in 1737, the construction of the castle that we have the opportunity to contemplate today began. This time, the architectural style of the building was Baroque.
The new castle was supposed to maintain the high status of the house of the Schwarzburgs, who then received a rather high title of furst. This new building is about 150 meters long. In the south, an outbuilding was located, restored from the previous, Renaissance wing.
In the center, on the western part of the courtyard, a luxurious ceremonial hall was built. Today it is a very suitable venue for all kinds of cultural events, such as concerts. Yes, and on ordinary days to visit him – pure pleasure. Also, the castle was supplemented with the necessary outbuildings and the arena already mentioned above. The 40-meter-high tower of 1744 deserves special attention.
Christoph Knoffel, an architect from Dresden, was the chief architect of Heidexburg. However, his idea of the castle did not coincide with the opinion of the customers, so in 1743 it was replaced by Gottfried Heinrich Krone. The construction of the new castle was completed only in 1786, and finishing work continued until 1810. Later, some of the rooms were redesigned in the classicist style. The palace looks very splendid and bright thanks to the volumetric decoration of the main hall, wall frescoes, stucco shapes and carvings.
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Topic: Heidexburg in Germany.