Burg Eltz is a cracking castle. Fits all the story book images and well worth a visit if you're in the area.Eltz castle Germany
The castle is a so-called Ganerbenburg, or castle belonging to community of joint heirs. This is a castle divided into several parts, which belong to different families or different branches of a family; this usually occurs when multiple owners of one or more territories jointly build a castle to house themselves. Only wealthy medieval European lords could afford to build castles or equivalent structures on their lands; many of them only owned one village, or even only part of a village. This was an insufficient base to afford castles. Such lords usually lived in "knight's houses", which were fairly simple houses, scarcely bigger than those of their tenants. In some parts of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, inheritance law required that the estate be divided among all successors. These successors, each of whose individual inheritance was too small to build a castle of his own, could build a castle together, where each owned one separate part for housing and all of them together shared the defensive fortification. In the case of Eltz, the family comprised three branches and the existing castle was enhanced with three separate complexes of buildings.
The main part of the castle consists of the family portions. At up to eight stories, these eight towers reach heights of between 30 and 40 metres (98 and 131 ft). They are fortified with strong exterior walls; to the yard they present a partial framework. About 100 members of the owners' families lived in the over 100 rooms of the castle. A village once existed below the castle, on its southside, which housed servants, craftsman, and their families supporting the castle.
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It sure looks the part . Unfortunately I don't think I'll ever make the journey so I'll have to console myself by looking at web sites and watching videos of the place .Burg Eltz is a cracking castle. Fits all the story book images and well worth a visit if you're in the area.
Very aware . Most these places have a history of disrepair and rebuilding over the ages .They are indeed photogenic. By design, fuelled by Romanticism. You will be aware that most are 19thc rebuilds on older foundations - a bit like Bamburgh
Occupied and maintained over the years ? It does help rather than leaving them empty and disintegrating .Here is a castle which has not been substantially rebuilt. In fact it is one of the best preserved Norman castles in Britain, if not Europe. The shell keep was rebuilt following a fire in the 19thc but the kitchen/screens passage/hall/ solar arrangement is intact.
Occupied and maintained over the years ? It does help rather than leaving them empty and disintegrating .
Once the roof starts to rot and fall in it's surprising how fast a building can fall into complete ruin .
It looks late 15thcKirby Muxloe castle in Leicestershire is a fortified mansion that was built for Lord Hastings, who was dramatically seized and executed by Richard III in 1483. Hastings’ descendants still believe they have a direct line to the throne of England.
Not really a castle in the proper sense. Although it sits on a piece of relatively high ground its not in a particularly commanding position.
See that down here as well , drove past the wreck of an old cottage today that 12 years back was a roofless ruin and falling apart .Used to see the same in Orkney with old farmhouses and crofts.
They used a dry rubble construct.
Inner and outer layers of stone packed inbetween with "dry rubble", basically debris, small stones and clay. Good against the weather and well insulating against the wind.
However, as soon as the roof goes, water gets in from the top, washes out rubble, walls then collapse in on themselves.