About the story:
in preparation for a little TE -meeting with Leo (Leo61) and Thomas (Mjdundee) i was visiting the cosy little village of Hardenburg, searching for a creek-location at the "Isenach-creek" which is passing through inmidst the village..
About the picture:
standing inmidst the village, you can get several views upwards to the mighty castle ruins, and this is one of them..
for more information have a look at my "Theme" about the castle and fortress of Hardenburg..
A nice and almost sunny weekeend to all my friends and guests here on TE...
more details about the location:
from www.burgen-rlp.de (sorry, not only in german..)
Hardenburg Castle belongs to the most impressive castles of Palatinate. Even though being a ruin, the castle still is a tremendous complex. Hardenburg Castle was built before 1214 to protect the monastery Limburg. From the 13th until the 18th century the castle was inhabited by the Counts and later Dukes of Leiningen. Out of this lineage many bailiffs were brought up.
In the 16th century Hardenburg Castle was remodeled into a fortress. It was still called “castle” because of its living character. From this time on it belonged to the most significant castles of this type.
There are almost no remains of the original small castle left. Only remnants of a wall at the upper castle are the witnesses of its existence. In 1690 French troops occupied Hardenburg Castle during the Palatinate War of Succession (1688-97). They destroyed some of its outer works.
100 years later French revolutionary troops attacked the castle again and burned it down on March 29th 1794. Its whole furnishings and equipment were destroyed and the western bastion was blown up.
In the first decade of the 19th century Hardenburg Castle was robbed of most of its building material. Since 1947 it belongs to Rhineland-Palatinate. In the late seventies, late eighties and early nineties the castle was restored, so that visitors are able to walk safely around.
Visitors enter into the castle through a round tower-gate of the 16th century. Its diameter of 22.5 meters might have frightened some enemies in earlier times and is still impressive for today’s visitors.
Further highlights of the tour are the gun tower or the parapet, which is well preserved and partly passable. The 18 meters high gun tower with its worked out stone bullets had to represent the strength of the castle’s walls.
The western bastion, which had been built by Hans Jakob of Etting in 1550, is also very impressive. Even though it had been destroyed, it is still 27 meters high. With its walls of 6.80 meters thickness the western bastion still determines the outline of Hardenburg Castle.
From there visitors will get to the upper castle. Next to the living quarters and functional buildings there is a three storey high jail tower and a safe, which can be closed by a moving stone. Highly recommendable is the visit of the garden, which had been remodeled according to plans of 1587.
Next to the garden is a double-towered wall, which is called “Münze” (Mint).
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csabagaba (6435) 2011-10-22 4:10
I remember when this went, it was something similar in our stay. This is an old monastery, where, in the morning when we stepped out into the garden, they saw such a ruin. This is a very good thing, to remember that word today.
The otherwise good image composition, individual perception of the green hit the bottom frame.
A nice weekend.
Sergiom (39336) 2011-10-22 5:29
Un beau point de vue ou l'avant plan de végétation force à lever le regard vers le château qui grâce à la contre plongée prend de l'ampleur.
Sonata11 (28391) 2011-10-22 8:42
a very nice composition of ruins of this castle. Great POV and DOF as well. Great management of light and colors. Well done.
All the best and have a nice WE,
mjdundee (4657) 2011-10-22 9:45
genau da waren wir letztes WE und haben die Burg umrundet. Kehr dich an Nichts, Dicke Eiche und zurück.
Kennst du bestimmt. Die Gegend ist wunderschön und zu meinem Entsetzen noch nicht von den Holzfällern verwüstet. Aber wenigstens markiert haben sie schon die Bäume, die alle im Weg stehen. Ist ja auch ein unding, daß der Besitzer oder Pächter nicht in jeden Winkel mit seinem SUV hinkommt. Irgendwie schlecht zu fotographieren, die Hardenburg. Entweder du bist zu weit weg und zuviele Bäume sind dazwischen, oder zu nah dran, um mehr, als nur eine Seite ins Bild zu kriegen. Ich hab kein einziges Foto davon gemacht.
Na dafür fin ich jetzt hier eins. Die Hütte rechts stört etwas - müßte man wieder abreissen - oder findest du nicht?
Gruß vom schattigen Rheinufer. Es wird so langsam gelb und rot hier.
vrabieionut (2189) 2011-10-22 10:55
Beautiful colors, beautiful composition. You surprised a castle with an interesting architecture.
Have a nice weekend,
edge (6068) 2011-10-22 19:01
Hallo Bernd, This is a very impressive picture of this castle or fortress. Notwithstanding the fact that it is a ruin, it looks attractive and awesome in its mass. What a pity that beautiful structures like this building are burned and destroyed by conquerors. Unfortunately, it is still happening. i think you have done an admirable job of composition here with the rooftop and vegetation in the forefront, encouraging ones eyes to look up to see this imposing ruin. Great Job. Have a great week. Regards, Roger
ikeharel (37424) 2011-10-23 3:05
It looks as a secret POV you found to show the castle, Bernd.
Nice shot over the ruins, old over new, with nice colors in compo., and well managed light.
Enjoy your sunday,
danyy (0) 2011-10-24 0:13
la nature et les verts occupent une place importante dans la photo ce qui n'est pas pour me déplaire. Des ruines interessantes, il faut sans doute beaucoup escalader pour les visiter comme souvent c'est le cas.
SNOOP_Chan (3474) 2011-10-26 8:45
Hey Bernd, nice view of this castle, i guess it's the landmark of the region. Nice angle on this one and oh a good note too.
- Copyright: bernd matheis (bema) (25936)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-21
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Revue DC 7 XS
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Village, castle and fortress Hardenburg [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-22 3:42