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Good Morning Everyone,

It took some researching to find the name of this castle which I photographed from a boat, whilst on the Moselle.

I knew I had taken it when nearing Coblenz so it was a case of working backwards up the river.

Please click here to see the Beta version which is, without doubt, bigger and clearer.

It would seem that the castle has a long history but Roman pottery, found on the site, suggests that Roman occupation predates the castle which was begun in 1209.

The ruins of Thurant Castle stand on a wide hill spur made from slate above the villages of Alken on the Moselle in Germany, and belongs to the spur castle type. Next to the castley are vine gardens on the sunny side.

From the mid-13th century the archbishops of Cologne and Trier were joint owners of the site and had their respective property managed by burgraves. As a result, each half of the castle had its own bergfried, living and domestic buildings and a separate entrance.

From the early 16th century the double castle gradually fell into disrepair and was made a complete ruin during the destruction wrought by the War of the Palatine Succession.

Robert Allmers (1872–1951) from Varel, co-found of the Hansa Automobil company and, from 1914, Director of Bremen's Hansa Lloyd factories, purchased the site in 1911 and had part of it rebuilt.
The castle is still in private hands today, but may be visited from March to mid-November for a fee.

Thank you for your interest. Have a good w/e, Bev :-)

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