Castle of Weilburg-Nassau (1701-1721)

yoshke

Frankfurt, Germany

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Weilburg was first mentioned in 906 in a chronicle by Abbot Regino of Prüm as a fortification under the name Wilineburch. In 918, the Wilineburg (castle) earned a special historic importance when King Conrad I, lying on his deathbed, recommended to his brother Eberhard that he deliver the Imperial insignia to his harshest rival, the Saxon duke Heinrich (Weilburger Testament).

From 993 to 1062, the town was bit by bit donated to the Bishopric of Worms. About 1225, the Bishop of Worms pledged lordship over the town to the House of Nassau, which in the end they granted later the same town rights held by Frankfurt. Count Johann I of Nassau built his residence here in 1355, renovated the castle and also built town fortifications. In 1359, he had a stone bridge built across the Lahn river (the bridge on this photo).

The House of Nassau shaped the town’s history for several centuries. Count Johann Ernst (1664-1719), especially, renovated and beautified his residence town by expanding the high castle (the castle on this photo), building a park and changing the town’s face. Weilburg thereby became one of the most fully preserved examples of a small German residence town from the time of absolutism.

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