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Gmünd Castle (Burgruine Gmünd)
Gmünd Castle or Burgruine Gmund is a
historic medieval citadel in the Austrian province of Carinthia. It
dates its construction to the 12th century.
Description of Gmünd Castle
Gmünd Castle is a medieval
stronghold that stands on top of a strategic hilltop in the north
Lieser Valley overlooking Gmünd in Carinthia Austrian state.
Gmünd Castle was erected in 1252 for
protection of city residents below. As the population of Gmünd grew
the fortress was also increased in size and sophistication.
Gmünd Castle was badly damaged by
artillery fire in 1480 when Hungarian army besieged the citadel and
subsequently took its defences. Military fortifications were badly
damaged, but from 1502 to 1506 Archbishop of Salzburg Leonhard of
Keutschach went on a quest to reconstruct Gmünd Castle to its former
Changing military technologies finally spelled a
Gmünd Castle. In 1609 an earthquake
badly damaged the city below and Gmünd Castle on top of the hill.
Parts of defensive walls have collapse. In 1886 major fire swept
through its structure and made it unfit as a residence. It was
abandoned ever since.