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Castle Beilstein - in the eastern part of the low mountain range Westerwald - first was mentioned in 1129 and the little town around it got its municipal law already in 1321. The castle was built by an unknown noble family. Since 1341 the owners were the counts of Nassau who enlarged and fortified the castle.
In the Thirty Years' War the town privileges of Beilstein ceased and the castle became a ruin. In 1812 this ruin was sold to the people of a nearby burnt down village - by the way, for 800 guilders (also "florin" or "gulden") - in order to get building material for the reconstruction of their home.

As you can see a nearly futuristic appearing new building was integrated in the remaining historic structures some years ago - a true architectural challenge - and a nearly breathtaking sight. The building and its outbuildings today house a residential home for young handicapped persons.

In the workshop you can see a view from another angle. You also can see more old walls there - more challenges for venturous architects ;-)

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Additional Photos by Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4249 W: 48 N: 10757] (42530)
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