The JaromarsburgIn the middle of the castle in 1168 stood the temple with the over-sized wooden image of the four-headed god Svantevit.The remains of the Arkona Temple fortress are an important testimony of Slavic cultural history in the Baltic Sea region. Protected from three sides by the steep coast and from the land side by a 25 meter high castle wall, it was from the 6th to 12 Century, a place of worship of the indigenous people of Rügen - the Slavic Ranen. With the conquest and destruction of the sanctuary under the leadership of Bishop Absalon of Roskilde in 1168, the Christianization of the islanders was initiated. The eyewitness of this drastic event was the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus. Only the descriptions in the 14th book of his Historia Danica contain details of what Ranenburg looked like before it was destroyed. Due to the natural erosion on the Cape, over the centuries, much of the inner castle has fallen into the Baltic Sea and been swallowed up by the sea. For the excavation team and its leader Fred Ruchthöft, it is a race against time to secure the archaeological finds. A spearhead, arrowheads, pearls and a riding spur, for example, brought the archaeologists literally to light. Imposing cultural-historical individual pieces of the archaeological excavations from inside the ramparts are exhibited in the tow tower.
May 7, 2018
The Schinkel Tower was closed. For that you could climb the DF tower. From there you have a good overview of the excavations in the old wall. A short film provides information about the history and work on the castle wall. In the entrance area there is the possibility to buy coffee and cookies. On floors 1 to 4, for. Clothing from Peru is currently for sale.
January 17, 2020
As an alternative to the lighthouses. As the lighthouses were closed during our visit, we had a great view over the steep coast and the remains of the temple castle Arkona, which are not to be visited, because the cliffs break more and more and eventually the last remnants of the temple castle fall into the sea.
January 1, 2019
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