Massacre of the world artistic heritage: old glory of a ruined castle -PALACE HOHENZOLLERN-

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baronyuri. on April 13, 2011

HISTORY The mighty neo-Gothic castle of Hohenzollern Dukes is situated on a hill by Nysa Kłodzka River at the northeast side of Kamieniec Ząbkowicki. The land on which the castle was built (probably the seat of an old fortified settlement) had belonged to Cistercians since the 13th century. In 1812, two years after the secularization of monastic properties, Princess Wilhelmine of Prussia, the daughter of King Frederick William II of Prussia, purchased the property from the state. After her death the estate was handed down to Princess Marianne of the Netherlands and Orange-Nassau, the wife of Prince Albert IV of Prussia. It was her initiative that brought about a splendid residence built in line with the contemporary, romantic philosophy and referring to the tradition of medieval strongholds. The entire design was prepared by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. The castle in Kamieniec with its park, palace gardens, terraces and fountains became one of the most splendid residences in this region of Europe. The rushed evacuation of the palace owners in 1944 and the later plunders, fire and devastation of the abandoned edifice caused the furnishings of the palace rooms described by Grundmann to be dispersed and, most likely, in large part destroyed. The castle was not destroyed in World War II, but the owners abandoned the complex, so it was robbed and gradually fell into ruin. What is interesting, the marbles from the floors of Kamieniec Ząbkowicki Palace were reused in such places as the Congress Hall in the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, which was being erected at that time by the Communist government. One of the few remaining elements of the former palace interior of Kamieniec is a group of seven landscapes currently owned by Museum in Nysa. Having undoubtedly formed in one group, according to the signatures preserved in all the paintings, the vedutas were executed in 1830 by three artists: Bartholomaeus Johannes van Hove (4 paintings), Andreas Schelfhout (2 paintings) and Antonie Waldorp (1 painting). All the paintings faithfully depict authentic places in the 19th century Hague and in the Dutch capital’s suburbs at that time.

PRESENT DAY The main body of the building has been preserved and from far away it looks as if the lavish life of the turn of the 19th and 20th century has been still going on.

……After seeing the castle from outside I consider this architectural masterpiece, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen…..and I hate to see the decline of a residence that should be a world heritage of humanity….


vladanscekic on April 13, 2011

Beautiful shot!


Greetings, Vladan

Olda Templ Vykydal on April 15, 2011

Very nice shot. LIKE. Greetings from Czech Republic, Olda.

S@sy on April 15, 2011

Amazing architecture! .. L.. Greetings, Alex

Cosmito Infinito on April 15, 2011

Magestic brick Art ¡ clinic eye from shooter ¡

Mehrdad - HQPs Group on April 16, 2011

Good colors, well oriented camera angle and good sharpness. LIKE(4).

Best Regards, Mehrdad , from Tehran, Iran

drku on April 18, 2011

Interessante Architektur, in gelungener Perspektive aufgenommen, Like 5, yukthekey.

Beste Grüße drku

Lesna_T on May 11, 2011

Beautiful castle.

baronyuri. on May 13, 2011




Cosmito Infinito

Mehrdad - IR - Tehran…



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    by baronyuri.
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