Hohenzollern castle

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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Sunday, June 20, 2010

I'll start off with a little bit of history on the castle itself. It is the third castle to be built on the hill overlooking the Swabian countryside, and it is named after the Zoller family dynasty. (The other two castles were defeated, one destructed in 1423 after a ten month siege due to disputes of inheritance of the Swabian lineage, and the second castle built was taken over after a 9 month long siege in 1634 by Swedish and Württemburg troops, starving out castle defenders). By the 19th century, the castle decayed to ruins. In 1819, Prince Frederick William (IV) of Prussia set foot on the grounds where the castle ruins laid. With two-thirds of the building costs covered by the prince and one-third covered by the Swabian lines, the construction of a new castle was underway. Using the design of the second castle built as a model, and incorporating neo gothic style, popular of that era, Frederick August Stüler and Rudolf von Stillfried became responsible for its architecture and interior decor. Only St. Michael's Chapel can still be seen today from the second castle. Below I have pictures as well as random captions to the right of some of them. Enjoy!
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