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Johannisburg Castle is a beautiful 16th century castle in Aschaffenburg. Situated on the bank of the Main River, the castle was the residence of the archbishops of Mainz, who acted as well as imperial Lord Chancellor and prime elector. The big medieval castle was mostly destroyed in the "Markgräfler War" in 1552. Under the archbishop Johann Schweikart von Kronberg the castle was completely rebuilt from 1605-1614, and only the medieval stronghold was integrated into the new, late renaissance castle. The architect of the powerful four-winged building with its prominent towers in the corners was Georg Ridinger. Although there were some alterations done in the classicistic era, and after severe damages in World War II, it still resembles the best example of a pure late renaissance castle in Germany.

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  • Written Apr 28, 2004
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“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”

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