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The Baroque Ahaus Castle is a former residence of the Prince-Bishops of Münster in Ahaus in the western Münsterland.The moated castle is located directly in the city center, adjacent is the new pedestrian zone of Ahaus with the marketplace and the tourist information.
May 5, 2018
The castle, built at the beginning of the 11th century, fell from the lord of Ahaus in 1406 to the Prince-Bishop of Münster, Otto IV von Hoya. On October 4, 1650, Prince-Bishop of Münster visited Christoph Bernhard von Galen Ahaus. At his instigation in 1653, the first German faience manufactory was founded in Ahaus, but closed again in 1657. In 1688, the old castle was demolished on the instructions of Prince-Bishop Friedrich Christian von Plettenberg. The new building in the form of a baroque moated castle was built according to the plans of Ambrosius von Oelde and was completed in 1690. The entire complex including castle park was completed in 1718. At the completion of the work, the new building had cost about 100,000 Taler. After destruction in the Seven Years' War, Johann Conrad Schlaun 1765 to 1767 complemented in the garden front a Mittelrisalit with large, double-flight outside staircase. The castle was used by the Prince Bishops of Münster as a summer residence. In the Ahaus castle, the prince-bishops Johann IV von Osnabrück, Christoph Bernhard von Galen and Franz Arnold von Wolff-Metternich died to the canal.By the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss 1803 the castle came to the princes Salm-Salm and Salm-Kyrburg. As Regent in the Principality of Salm there lived Prince Moritz to Salm-Kyrburg, later temporarily Friedrich IV to Salm-Kyrburg, his nephew. In 1819, Hermann Oldenkott set up a tobacco factory in the north wing of the castle. In 1829, the company acquired the baroque palace of Prince Salm-Kyrburg. It served as a production facility until 1929 and until the complete destruction by a bomb attack in March 1945 the family Oldenkott as a dwelling place.
September 16, 2019
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