Saturday, June 13, 2020

Königstein Fortress

From Ancient Origins:
Based on the documentary evidence, the fortress was founded by Duke Wenceslaus I of Bohemia (907 to 935 AD). Successive Bohemian kings used it to guard an important trade route as well as their border. By the 15 th century, the castle had been transferred to the Elector of Saxony. It was used as a military fortress by successive Prince-Electors of Saxony. This fortress was also briefly a monastery, but this was later dissolved during the Reformation. Königstein was greatly expanded during the latter part of 16th century, a time of great tensions between German Catholics and Protestants. During this period, the fortress was considered to be impregnable. (Read more.)

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