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Gradenegg Castle (Burgruine
Gradenegg Castle is a medieval citadel in
Carinthia state of Austria. It sits on top of strategic hill that
measures at 300 meters above a small town of Glantalboden below.
Description of Gradenegg Castle
Gradenegg Castle was first mentioned as a military fortification on
27 May 1192 in a possession of Rudlandus de Gradnich, local
Carinthian duke. It was intended to guard local trade routes as well
as local mining activities. The center of Gradenegg Castle is
dominated by a single Romanesque keep originally constructed in the 14th century. Later on in the 15th century a circular
protective wall was added to further increase citadel's defenses.
Fortress was also surrounded by a moat that is barely visible today
with a single entrance at the North Gate. Gradenegg Castle was badly damaged in 1796 by a earthquake. It was
largely abandoned and former military fortifications were turned to
local peasants who
turned Gradenegg Castle into a group of stables and outbuildings.
Judging by the paintings that date back to 1870, Gradenegg Castle
still had its roofs, but those are long gone. Today Gradenegg
Castle is a complex of picturesque ruins with very few tourists.