Old Castle (Stuttgart)

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Old Castle
German: Altes Schloss
From Schlossplatz
From Schlossplatz
Location in Baden-Württemberg
Location in Baden-Württemberg
Location in Baden-Württemberg
Location in Baden-Württemberg
General information
StatusComplete
LocationSchillerplatz, Stuttgart-Center
Town or cityStuttgart
CountryGermany
Coordinates48°46′38″N 9°10′45″E / 48.77722°N 9.17917°E / 48.77722; 9.17917

The Old Castle (German: Altes Schloss) is a former castle located on the Schillerplatz in Stuttgart, Germany. The castle, originally a water castle dating back to the 10th Century, was the residence of the Counts and later some Dukes of Württemberg and today is the home of the Landesmuseum Württemberg. The castle church (German: Schloßkirche) still functions as a place of worship.

History[edit]

In the year 950 AD, a castle was completed on the grounds of the Old Castle to protect the mare garden. In the 14th century, it was the home of the Counts of Württemberg and their Court Chamber. From 1553-1578, Dukes Christoph and Louis III renovated the castle adding an equestrian staircase built by Blasius Berwart in 1560 and the church and conference room in 1562. In the 18th century, the moat was filled.

In 1931, the castle's dirnitz and two towers were destroyed by fire.[1] The castle again saw damage, large parts of the ethnographic collection of the Landesmuseum Württemberg falling victim to fire, during World War Two before being renovated in 1971. Paul Schmitthenner renovated the castle in 1971.

The arcaded courtyard of the castle itself shows architectural motifs of early Renaissance from Italy.

King Charles I of Württemberg and his wife Olga are buried beneath the castle church. The inner courtyard houses a monument to Eberhard I. The Old Castle stands adjacent to its replacement, the New Castle, which was built in the late 18th century.

On the Karlsplatz side of the Old Castle is a museum dedicated to the memory of Claus von Stauffenberg a former resident of Stuttgart who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler on 20 July 1944.

Landesmuseum Württemberg[edit]

In the Landesmuseum's exhibits are Stone Age and Roman artifacts, paintings, and recounting of ancient regional history.[2]

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stuttgart, Brand im alten Schloß, gel. 1935" [Fire damage at the Old Castle Stuttgart, 1935] (in German). Postcards North. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  2. ^ Rogers, David (11 June 2012). "Stuttgart: German history comes alive in castle housing trove of artifacts". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 11 June 2012.

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Coordinates: 48°46′38″N 9°10′45″E / 48.77722°N 9.17917°E / 48.77722; 9.17917