Château de Lichtenberg

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Painting of the Château of Lichtenberg by Karl Albert von Schott

The Château de Lichtenberg is a castle built on a singular prominence in the northern Vosges at the end of the village of Lichtenberg, Bas-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

The castle was built in the 13th century by the Hanau-Lichtenberg family, and was in the center of a constantly shifting territory, which traded hands many times until the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, when it was partly destroyed by artillery fire and the resulting fires.

It was left to deteriorate for 120 years. Then, a massive consolidation project was undertaken on the ruins, with an investment of 52 million francs.[1]

The castle keep
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Coordinates: 48°55′16″N 7°29′14″E / 48.92111°N 7.48722°E / 48.92111; 7.48722