Heidelberg Castle as seen from the town, Germany
Heidelberg Castle towers over the old city and Neckar River from a terrace on Konigstuhl Mountain. It began in the Middle Ages (about 1225) as a defensive structure with keep and ramparts. Over the centuries, wooden structures were replaced with the current stone ones as the Electors Palatine rose in power and wealth. They needed a building of grandeur that could convey their status and command respect. It was eventually destroyed in a battle with the French in 1693 and by fire in 1764 when it was abandoned as a ruin. To see my best photos of Germany, please visit the Germany section of my portfolio
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