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In 1389–91, Wilhelm I von Meißen built a medieval moated castle, the tower of which has been preserved to this day. Delitzsch Castle served as a travel residence for the Saxon rulers and was the seat of the sovereign administration.
From 1540 the renaissance palace was transformed into a palace. During the Thirty Years' War, the building was partially neglected, but was still used as an official residence.
After the Saxon division of the state in 1657, Delitzsch fell to the secondary principality of Saxony-Merseburg. Duke Christian I chose the Delitzsch baroque palace as a travel residence and a widow's seat and had it expanded and rebuilt from 1689. The result was a baroque castle based on the French model, which still impresses with its interior.
After the extinction of this Saxon branch line in 1738, a finance and rent office was housed in the castle. In 1860, a women's prison was established, which continued until 1926. The museum moved in 1929.
Today, the Delitzsch baroque palace is a cultural institution and is under protection as an architectural cultural monument. The building houses the Delitzsch Baroque Castle Museum, the city's tourist information office, the registry office, the district music school and the castle cellar used as a vaulted ceiling.
May 2, 2020
Delitzsch Castle is located in the northern Saxon city of Delitzsch and is one of the oldest castles in the north-west of Saxony. The building and the adjoining garden area are integrated into the planned historical part of the city, in which a main street runs south of the castle grounds. Consisting of a mansion, a small north-west and a larger adjacent wing to the north-east, it was built in several construction phases and architecturally changed. From the original building from the middle of the 12th century, only the foundations have been preserved. The oldest surviving components include two underground cellars and the tower, which the Margrave of Meißen, Wilhelm I, had built from 1389.Built on the foundation walls of a Gothic moated castle, the complex served the Wettins from 1387 to 1540 as an administrative and travel residence. The castle was then converted into a Renaissance castle by the Saxon electors from 1540 to 1558 and inhabited by them during their travels. The exterior of the complex was last changed at the end of the 17th century, giving it its baroque appearance. From then on it was used by the Principality of Saxony-Merseburg as a widow's and travel residence.After restoration in stages from 1993, the Baroque Delitzsch Castle is now used as a museum, tourist information office, registry office, branch of the “Heinrich Schütz” district music school in Northern Saxony and a supraregional venue. The cultural monument is owned by the city of Delitzsch.
August 17, 2020
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