Freiberg Castle ruins are located to the
south of the municipality of Frauenstein of the Carinthia province
of Austria. It was first mentioned in 1181 as a citadel belonging to
the dukes of Carinthia. Duke Bernhard von Spanheim (died in 1256)
greatly increased the sise of the citadel and established Freiberg
as an official residence of the regional court.
In the end of the 13th century Carinthian
nobility organized a rebellion against the Duke Meinhard of Gorizia
who resided in the Tyrol. The Duke sent his son Otto to Carinthia to
settle a deal. He came to Freiberg Castle and offered talks with the
local noblemen. He subsequently broke his word, captured his guess
and promtly executed them on the main square of Saint Veit.
Freiberg Castle was abandoned in the 15th
century and it fell in disrepair. Only in the 20th century local
authorities started reconstruction project to preserve original
medieval citadel. Fortress' chapel date pack to at least 1181 so it
was found along with the castle.