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Château de Hohbarr

Château de Hohbarr

Château de Hohbarr is a medieval castle located in Saverne in the department of Bas-Rhin in France. The castle of Hohbarr was constructed in 1170. The place for its construction was chosen perfectly. Situated in the sandstone rock 460 meters high it offers a great strategic location over the valley of Zorn in the plain of Alsace. During good weather it is said that you can see a Strasbourg Cathedral from the top of the castle tower. It gave the castle its second name of "the eye of Alsace".



Location: Saverne, Bas-Rhin département   Map

Constructed: 1170







History of Château de Hohbarr

Château de Hohbarr was commonly used by the bishops of Strasbourg who also increased its military fortifications' strength and size. One of the largest reconstructions of the castle came in 1538 upon orders of Bishop Johann von Blanck- Manderscheidt. The Castle also added a church of Saint Nicholas. In 1648 upon the end of the bloody Thirty Years' War the Peace of Westphalia mandated several castles to be destroyed. Château de Hohbarr was among these fortresses destined for destruction. However the order was largely ignored and in the break out of another great European conflict known as the War of the Spanish Succession in 1701 it was back in use. By the end of the 18th century it completely lost its strategic importance and was abandoned by the army. Local peasant inhabited this location for few more decades. Honbarr Castle was listed as monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1874 making it one of the oldest such structures.










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