Thursday, August 13, 2009

der Schloβplatz

[ The castle square ]

I seem to be very lucky and have lived places around the world that have castles down the street. As if the castle wall didn't have enough stories and history itself, the castle square beyond the wall had so much more. At first glance of seeing the castle, one would immediately know there is a story to be told. Just from the first impression, the entire middle is a modern construction of steel and glass.

[ The fountain seen here is quite neat since it is another artistic, modern recreation of a post that was of the same shape of the original castle square walls. ]

The castle has a long history of destruction and damages from fires, and the central part of the castle was a state-of-the-art concept to mimic the shape of the original castle, but also pay homage to modern day and the steel producing history of Saarbrücken.

The short time that we remained at the castle cannot do justice to the history that it held. I am looking forward to going to the connected museum in the near future and learning more. From what I did learn, the city of Saarbrücken is documented as one of the oldest parts of Germany, with documents mentioning it as "Castellum Sarabrucca" back to the year 999. I think this might be the castle that relates to the name that the city holds now. In the 17th century the castle was rebuilt in the style of the Renaissance, but from fires, only the cellars of this original castle remain. In the 18th century a new Baroque residence was built on the same site, and now the damages to that version were modified to create the version that stands today.

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