Wewelsburg Castle A Historical and Architectural Overview

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Wewelsburg Castle A Historical and Architectural Overview

Guide book in English language: Wewelsburg Castle A Historical and Architectural Overview by Wulff Brebeck 9783422022034 (Paperback, 2018)

Overview
With its triangular floor plan, Wewelsburg Castle occupies an extraordinary position in German architectural history. The castle, which was completed in 1609, incorporates a medieval tower structure. An inscription above the main portal indicates the intentions of its builder, Paderborn's Prince Bishop Dietrich von Furstenberg: to assert the interests of sovereignty and realize the aims of the Counter-Reformation within his territory. The dilapidated state of the building in the 19th century inspired Schinkel's proposal to transform Wewelsburg castle into an artificial ruin, and Annette von Droste-Hulshoff was moved to make it the subject of some of her ballads. In the Weimar Republic, the Catholic youth movement held interregional events here.

In the Third Reich, Heinrich Himmler pursued extensive plans to convert the castle into an ideological center of the SS. The SS blew up the building in 1945, to avoid its capture by the Allies in the last days of the war. causing extensive damage but not destruction, due to the scarcity of explosives at the time.. Today, the reconstructed Wewelsburg Castle has resumed its pre-1933 function as a youth hostel, and it is the home of the Historical Museum of the Prince Bishopric of Paderborn.