Photographer's Note

Yesterday I showed you a part of the market place of Celle, a picturesque town in northern Germany.

This is Castle Celle. It was first mentioned in a deed of the year 1315 where it was called "Castrum Celle". It's oldest constructional elements derive from the second part of the 13th century. It is proved that there was a well-fortified tower with a moat here already in the year 980, built by a count of the Brunonen, a Saxon noble family of the 10th and 11th century . Since 1378 it was the residence of the dukes of Braunschweig-Lüneburg.

It's interesting that since 1772 it was occupied by the Danish Queen Caroline Mathilde, who was banished to live here because of an alleged liaison with a minister of the Danish court and confidant of the King, count Struensee. He was broken on the wheel, beheaded and quartered. Two quite different destinies ...
Queen Caroline Mathilde hold court here only until 1775, when she died from scarlet fever.

In the 19th century the castle was used occasionally as a summer residence of the Kings of Hannover.

The todays castle is a mixture out of Renaissance and Baroque elements. It houses the oldest still operating baroque theatre of Germany and it's chapel is the only church with an entirely preserved Renaissance interior north of the Alps - an incredible building.

The castle is surrounded by a park with a part of the old moat and wonderful old trees.
In the workshop you can see a view of the castle's park.

Using the map "view" function at the left you can zoom in (please click several times at +) exactly to the castle with it's park.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Frank Kaiser (Buin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4253 W: 48 N: 10771] (42580)
  • Genre: Plaatsen
  • Medium: Kleur
  • Date Taken: 2007-09-01
  • Categories: Kastelen
  • Belichting: f/5.6, 1/500 Seconden
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • More Photo Info: view
  • Map: view
  • Fotoversie: Originele versie, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2007-10-20 23:36
Viewed: 3067
Points: 34
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