Schreiber-Bogen Card Modelling Eltz Castle
Eltz Castle is one of the few castles in the Eifel which were never captured or destroyed. It is situated at a link road between the Moselle, the Eifel and the fertile Maifeld. The castle is surrounded on three sides by the River Elzbach. It stands on a 70 metre-high elliptical rock spur and the ground plan of the castle fits the shape of the rock crag.
Eltz Castle was probably founded as far back as the 12th century. Rudolf von Eltz is considered to be the founder of the castle. In the middle of the 13th century the von Eltz family split up to form separate clans, and the three main branches were the Rübenach, the Kempenich and the Rodendorf families. Since the early 14th century, Eltz Castle has been a 'Ganerbenburg' (a castle of joint heirs), in which the different branches of the family lived as a community of joint heirs. The residential towers of these families are still named after them. Eltz Castle is still owned by the family up to the present day.
The main part of the castle consists of about 40 metre-high tower houses, the so-called 'dynasty houses'. The oldest residential towers, the Platteltz House and the Kempenich House, are built in the Romanesque style. The Rübenach House consists of eight storeys and stands out due to the striking little turrets which have half-timbering on the sides pointing to the courtyard. The castle chapel, which juts out into the courtyard, was also built in this tower house. The Gross-Rodendorf House has a façade of red and white half-timbering on the side pointing towards the fields. The outer castle buildings were added in the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 19th century Count Karl zu Eltz had extensive restoration work carried out to the castle. In spite of the extreme care and consideration taken regarding the existing architecture, the restoration work cost about 8 million euros.
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