#79 Die Wartburg
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almost 950 year history of Wartburg Castle is marked by
intriguing legend and history. The castle is said to have
been founded by Count Ludwig der Springer, so named
because he leapt from his prison cell window into the
river below and thus to safety. Later when chasing a deer
in the Forests of Thuringia, he climbed atop a 600 foot
ridge and was so astonished with the view he cried "Wait,
Mountain, you shall be my fortress" (= Wart, Burg...).
With no natural water supply, it was fortunate the
magnificent castle successfully withstood its only siege,
by the Lords of Eisenach in 1306-7.
Castle was first known for the Sängerkrieg (Minstrels'
War) which began in 1207 and takes place to this day in
the beautiful Singers' Hall in the Palas. Richard Wagner
made the contest famous in his opera "Tannhäuser."
Wartburg was the home of Hungarian Princess Elizabeth,
married at age 14 in 1221 to Count Ludwig IV. She was so
dedicated to helping the poor and sick that she became
one of the first Franciscan nuns after Ludwig's death and
was sainted four years after her death at age 24. Martin
Luther was sequestered in Wartburg after being
excommunicated by Pope Leo X in 1517 -- it was Luther's
translation of the New Testament into German in the
Bailiff's Quarters at the castle which was the catalyst
for the Protestant Reformation. The poet Johann von
Goethe greatly loved Wartburg, writing from the castle
and establishing a museum there.
greatest growth of the castle took place between 1190 and
1217 under Count Hermann I, with major repairs done after
lightning damage in 1317. The castle fell into disrepair
in the eighteenth century, with massive renovations done
between 1838 and 1890 by the Dukes of Saxony. The first
pictures above and below this text show Wartburg's
gatehouse, next above is Luther's room, then four views
of the Palas (Great Hall) and inner courtyard, and
finally the cistern, where collected water saved the
castle from siege. My model, just completed in time for
Reformation Sunday 2001, is built in three connectable
sections and totals nine feet, three inches in length!
You can see pictures of Wartburg Castle at my church,
plus read the article on the front page of the Life
section on the Decatur Herald & Review
newspaper, plus see the breakdown of the final brick
count of the castle by clicking on the link in this
sentence. The castle also spent 10 days at the Lutheran
School in Decatur.
of the Lego Model
Under Construction in September-October 2001
September 3, the
castle will be 9'-2" long!!
September 8 inklings of
the mountain ridge and
castle can be seen.
the forming south
tower is the substance of
the Lego mountain.
gatehouse at the
north end of the castle
is taking shape too.
uphill walk from
the gatehouse to the
top of the ridge.
Tower and all
important cistern are
done on September 13.
returns to the
north end of the .
prison and east walkwalk
completed September 17.
returns to the
Palas and bathhouse
near the cistern...
structure is finished
on September 22.
arrived to begin work
on the center section.
side of the
castle rises from the
apex of the ridge.
inner gate and donjon
are completed and...
done to the east
of the Lego Model
September- October, 2001
|And from the west.||And from
through the gatehouse.
it's a climb up into
the outer ward.
top of the
600 foot ridge can be
seen here and there.
guarded by a second
slopes back down
seen from the
crowns the ridge
in the inner ward.
beautiful, it was copied
stayed in the residence
with the best fireplace.
quaint sight near
is closed at
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