Rohan Castle (French: Château des Rohan, German: Rohan-Schloss), also known as Château Neuf (New Castle), is a Neoclassicist monumental building in the city of Saverne in Alsace, France. The 140-metre wide façade of red vosges sandstone is considered to be one of the most impressive examples of its kind.
The building was erected between 1780 and 1790 by the architect Nicolas Salins de Montfort on the site of the previous building, which had been built in 1670 and burned down in 1779. This previous building had in turn replaced the small Château Vieux (Old Castle) of 1417, which is still preserved today. That building saw two of the three marriages of Charles, Prince de Soubise; firstly in 1741 to Anne Therese of Savoy and secondly to Anne Victoire of Hesse-Rotenburg in 1745.
The architect of the new castle had been commissioned by the Strasbourg Prince-Bishop Louis René Édouard de Rohan-Guéméné, who also resided in the magnificent Rohan Palace in the city where he held office, as well as in the less stately Rohan Castle of Mutzig.
By the time of the outbreak of the French Revolution, only the outside was completed. When cleric rule was abolished, the building lost both its owner and its function.
The gradual decline of the building was stopped under Napoleon III, who had it renovated and extended in the direction of the city. Already in 1853, the park was irrevocably cut and destroyed by the Marne-Rhine Canal. Since 1858, the castle houses a city museum (history, decorative arts, a large archaeological department), which was joined by the art and ethnographic collection of the politician Louise Weiss in the 20th century. Previously, the castle had served at times as a home for officers' widows and, after the Franco-Prussian War, as a barracks. Today, one of its wings is used as a youth hostel, and another houses the Espace Rohan, Saverne's 500 seat theatre and concert hall.
The castle is listed as a Monument historique since 1933 by the French Ministry of Culture.
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danos (92682) 2014-07-16 12:40
nice the view of this section of Rohan castle,with the well chosen POV to adds depth and perspective in the scene. Excellent the light and the colour management of the image.
jemaflor (91373) 2014-07-16 12:50
Un bon effet de perspective, une belle architecture et des conditions de luminosité idéales, bon rendu des teintes.
ktanska (26369) 2014-07-16 23:09
That is a kind of palace one would not expect to find on a small town. Quite extravagant, and no wonder it lost it's original purpose pretty soon.
Good angle showing strong perspective. It's interesting to see the variations of brown shades on those building stones.
jjcordier (79289) 2014-07-16 23:19
J'ai fait une halte devant ce grand château durant mon dernier séjour alsacien mais je n'ai pas su le photographier aussi bien que toi.
dkmurphys (54499) 2014-07-17 6:22
Hi Jean Claude,
Fine capture of this impressive castle. I like the architecture and the park around it. Well taken scene.
Didi (59746) 2014-07-20 9:51
Bon cadrage en perspective de ce château, c'est un très bon point de vue
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- Copyright: Jean Claude Dresch (claudeD) (36628)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, canon EF 24-105 F4 IS
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-16 12:12