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Burg Godesburg

Burg Godesburg

Burg Godesburg is a medieval castle near Bad Godesberg in Rhein Valley of Germany.

 

 

Location: Bad Godesberg  Map

 

Constructed: 1210

 

 

 

 

Description of Burg Godesburg

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The name of the hill of Burg Godesburg over Rhine river is translated from German as “god’s mountain”. Since the early Germanic tribes have settled in the region high grounds were used for sacrifices to the highest Germanic god Wotan or occasionally spelled as Gwodan. Thus another name that is tied to the hill- Wotansberg (Wotan’s mountain). Romans who settled the Western side of the Rhine river also established a shrine here. The castle that stands here was build around 1210. Cologne archbishops used this fortification as a place of residence. In 1583 Archbishop Gebhard converted to Protestantism and new archbishop Ernest von Bayern elected same year started so called Cologne War. His Spanish and Bavarian troops took the castle and blew it up. It was rebuild again and finally destroyed in 1794. A museum inside is open to the tourists.

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