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"Cape Arkona, Slavs and gods" Top 5 Page for this destination Rügen Things to Do Tip by elgin99

Rügen Things to Do: 95 reviews and 175 photos

  His face, Svantevit
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  • His face, Svantevit - Rügen
      His face, Svantevit
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  • Svantevit statue - Rügen
      Svantevit statue
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  • Jaromarsburg, wall - Rügen
      Jaromarsburg, wall
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Cape Arkona is a point of interest also due to an ancient temple fortress dedicated to Svantevit (Jaromarsburg). The temple fortress of Arkona was the religious and political centre of the Slavic principality of Rügen in the early Middle Ages. The main temple of Svantevit was located in Arkona on Rügen.
The temple was dedicated to the deity Svantevit, who was depicted with four heads. The temple was housed an important horse oracle in Slavic times, where the behaviour of a white stallion decided about peace and war. Today only about a quarter of the old fortress are left, as the chalk-promontory it was built on is slowly eroded by the Baltic. Rescue excavations are in progress.

In 1168 Arkona was destroyed by Danish invaders (see Absalon). This event preceded the Christianisation.

They assume that the harbour of temple was in Vitt (see there), the settlement in Putgarten (means At Feet of Castle).

In July and August there will be a great historical event (Middle Age), with archaelogists and artists from Denmark, Poland and other countries.

Address: Cape Arkona

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  • Written Jun 11, 2006
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