A-Z Challenge 2012 - X
A Water Castle in Xanten
When I could find no castle beginning with X in Britain I thought I had fallen three fences from home. In the event I have finished up with a very short post.
Then I remembered the X-files and knew the truth was out there somewhere. Somewhere proved to be the only town in Germany beginning with that elusive X = Xanten.
|Engraving of Winnenthal Castle, Xanten - 1746|
Haus Winnenthal, also called Burg Winnenthal and Castle Winnenthal at Xanten, Germany is one of the oldest surviving water castles on the lower Rhine. It was probably built in the 14th century. It was partly demolished in the 19th century with the buildings left being used for agricultural purposes. After heavy damage in World War II the manor house was in ruins for a long time before it was rebuilt in the 1980s. Now together with the castle it is a residence for senior citizens.
|Burg Winnenthal, Xanten - 2009|
Yesterday Helen Melton-Butcher and I had the same W castle - Warkworth Castle, Northumberland
Nevertheless we have chosen different was to tell its story, so if you haven't already you should check it out.
- Engraving of Winnenthal Castle in Xanten 1746, northern aspect; source Theodor Wildemann: Rheinische Wasserburgen. Ges. f. Buchdruckerei, Neuss 1954, S. 17 Author Paul van Liender; after a drawing by Jan de Beijer (1703-1780)
- Burg Winnenthal in Xanten from the south west -2009; author Franz Vincentz; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license