Königstein Fortress


1589

the Elector Christian I orders the conversion of the castle to a country fortress; the gate house, the raking defences, the old barracks, Christians (later: Fredericks) Castle and the old armoury are built by 1594; from that time on, the fortress defences have continually been modernised to keep up with the times; no enemy has ever attempted to attack the fortress - due to its impregnable nature, Saxons rulers often fled behind its thick walls in troubled times, taking their works of art and the state treasure with them; its enchanting countryside location made it a favourite destination for excursions by members of the Saxon court and the setting for many a feast or banquet

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Tags: Königstein Fortress, European fortress architecture, drawbridges, state prison, Saxony's Kurfürst, Baroque buildings, Saxon Switzerland

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