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Shuri castle in Japan destroyed by major fire

The main buildings of Shuri Castle on the Japanese island of Okinawa are completely burned during the night of Friday, November 1, 2019. The cause of the extensive destruction of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is still unclear.

A firefighter came to the hospital. Around 100 firefighters were on duty for more than ten hours.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already announced that it will support the reconstruction financially.

The Shuri Castle is a reconstruction of the building complex, destroyed in the Second World War, completed in 1992. The original castle dates back to the 14th century.
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Where is Schloss Münchhausen??

At Freiherr von Münchhausen, no one passes by in the central Weserbergland. The hype surrounding the “lying baron” takes on a curious quality.

Two locks are also linked to the name of the storyteller. That can ever lead to confusion …

Schloss Munchhausen is actually quite easy to find. All you have to do is follow the various “Münchhausen” signs:
So first to Münchhausen Land Bodenwerder-Polle, then to the Münchhausen city Bodenwerder, there the Münchhausenstraße enlang to – surprise – Münchhausenplatz. There you stand in front of the Town Hall and the Münchhausen Museum.
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Schloss Klevenow sold: auctioned for 260,000 euros

Schloss Klevenow has changed hands after a bidding duel by auction. The historic estate – 20 kilometers west of Greifswald was finally sold for 260,000 euros. The bids were launched at only 98,000 euros – a veritable bargain price.

The identity of the buyer made the Berlin auction company no information. The castle / castle Klevenow from the 14th century is one of the first stone castles in northern Germany.

The plant was owned by the Knoop family since 2003. These had now been trying for five years to sell the partially renovated castle with 30 rooms (1000 square meters of living space) and extensive park with partly protected trees. In 2014, they still called 910,000 euros as the desired selling price. Far too expensive, as it turned out.
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London Br > July 9, 2019 Write a comment

Those who came from the south to bustling London at the time of Queen Elizabeth I had to pass a gruesome sight: at a gate on the only Thames bridge at that time, the cut-off heads of criminals and “traitors” were spitted on stilts.

For most Londoners this was an everyday tradition. Every few weeks, a new head came on a pole, while older ones – maltreated by weather and birds – dissolved. For better durability in island climate they had been soaked in tar before setting.

About 30 heads are said to have been located at the intersection at the passage, which bore the name Traitors Gate. The scary bridge gate no longer exists. The name lives on in the tower.
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Castle Altendorf: Essen’s largest castle ruins

Essen has a veritable world heritage site with the Zollverein colliery. Otherwise, the city is known for the oversized shopping center Limbecker Platz and the chronic traffic jams on the A40 motorway.

But the Ruhr Metropolis also has the largest surviving residential tower of a medieval castle between the Rhine and the Weser – and that of the castle Altendorf.

After the former moated castle, the Essenes have named a whole district: Burgaltendorf.

The walls of the castle are five stories high – up to 21.70 meters. The walls are accessible, you come on a spiral staircase up to the (modern retracted) roof.
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