#102 Castel Mareccio
Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
1194 plus mid-16th century
This is NOT an official Lego site
might be helpful to begin with a comment on the situation
of this pretty castle. Bolzano is located in what is now
northern Italy just a few miles from the Austrian border.
At the time when Berthold von Bozen built the first tower
on the site about 1194, the region was in the Kingdom of
Germany, part of the Holy Roman Empire. For centuries
following the election in 1273 of Count Rudolf as both
German king and Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf I, Bolzano/Bozen
was ruled by the powerful Habsburg dynasty.
the close proximity of the Kingdom of Italy, the Swiss
Confederation and "church lands" [i.e. the
Papal States], and the fact that Bolzano is on the main
road between Innsbruck, Austria and Trento, Italy through
the Brenner Pass, I have thus far been unable to find
solid evidence that Bolzano/Bozen was in an area of
repeated strife or if Castel Mareccio was the site of
battles or seiges. Following the conquests of Napoleon I,
Bolzano/Bozen was briefly in the Kingdom of Italy [part
of the Confederation of the Rhein], but by 1815 was back
in the Germanic Confederation in the waning Austrian
branch of the Dominions of the Habsburgs. In 1919,
following World War I, the area became part of Italy.
While the area is undoubtedly bilingual, I am told the
residents still favor speaking German in their Tirolean
castle is rests on flat land amongst vineyards near the
banks of the gentle river Talvera/Talfer not far from the
center of Bolzano. It was not considered a very
defensible position, unlike the nearby castles
Runkelstein and Sigmundskron. The final form of Castel
Mareccio was mainly due to the Römer family, who in
addition to expanding their castle added the beautiful
Renaissance frescoes for which the citizens of Bolzano
are rightfully proud today. The castle passed to the
Hendl, Thun, Sarnthein and Toggenburg families, and
gradually fell into ruin. In 1975 the castle was acquired
by the Azienda di Soggiorno of Bolzano, repaired and
transformed into a popular conference and cultural center.
I am greatly indebted to Mr. Christian Terzer, former
Director of both Castel Mareccio and the local Convention
& Visitors Bureau for his invaluable assistance with
of the Lego Model
Built May-June, 2005
Mareccio viewed as one
might approach the castle.
|A view from the WNW.||The view
from the SW features
the defensive curtain or Loggia.
view begins to
show the residential range.
impact of the luxurious
accommodations are apparent.
NNE one can
appreciate the grand design.
this view taken through
the castle model's gate!
[see photos above]
pictures above the
Reception Hall door in the
lower middle photo above.
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