Photographer's Note

Heidelberg's huge castle is a fine example of the succession of European architectural styles. Among its numerous buildings, one can find Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque elements. Over the centuries, the castle has been damaged by war and fire and now for the most part is a ruin. For example, Otto-Heinrich Wing (Otto-Heinrichsbau), the palace shown in the picture, has retained only the main facade and the ground floor, there is nothing but the sky behind upper rows of windows. The palace was built in the middle of 16C in Renaissance style by the Elector Otto-Heinrich, one of the most enlightened rulers of his time. It was the first Renaissance building on German soil. The front floors of the building were decorated with 16 allegorical figures, which symbolized the government program of the prince and were designed by the famous sculptor Alexander Colin of Mechelen in Low Countries. Nowadays, the ground floor of the palace houses the German Pharmaceutical Museum.

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