Friday, February 8, 2013

Gutenberg Castle in Balzers

Perched on a hillside in the country's southernmost municipality, Balzers, Gutenberg Castle was built in the High Middle Ages.
The castle stands about 70m above the nearby village, on a hill which has been inhabited since the Neolithic Period. Indeed, many interesting archaelogical discoveries have been made near the building,  the most significant of which - the 'Mars von Gutenberg' figurine measuring just 12cm - is on display in the Liechtenstein National Museum.

From its origins as a church with an accompanying graveyard, the building fell into ruin over the course of many centuries before being restored between 1905 and 1912. Visitors can walk to the castle from the nearby village, and the bailey ('Vorburg') is open throughout the year. Since opening in 2010, the chapel and rose garden welcome visitors between 10.00 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. A number of cultural events and activities take place at the castle during the summer months.

The four stamps on this cover portray this castle’s exterior and interior very vividly. The cover itself has the coat of arms of four castles. Namely, Hapsburg, Gutenburg, Frauenburg and Ramschwag.  Thank you Dear Pia for this lovely FDC

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