Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Castellum (New Castle)

New Castellum (New Castle)

New Castellum or the "New Castle" is located in canton Neuchschatel in the western part of Switzerland. This majestic castle was built in the 12th century and proudly towers over the city. The western side elevation of the New Castellum (New Castle) is divided with architectural relief belts with a single window that is adorned with the image of two dogs. However, the upper half of the castle is supposed to have been built in the 15th century.

As you explore the southern part of the New Castellum (New Castle), you will come across well-laid gardens that are a treat to the eyes. Besides, southern part also houses the gallery of Phillipe Hocheberg, the Earl of Neuchschatel, who rebuilt the New Castellum in the 15th century. You can also have a look at the huge main portal with two side towers and embrasures that reflect the sheer genius of their creator.

The private living apartments at the New Castellum (New Castle) may not elicit great interest but are worth a look. The massive Knight Hall at the New Castellum was earlier used as a gala hall and has had its own share of dazzling events. The small room with archives (grotto) is also an important attraction at the New Castellum.

As you view the New Castellum (New Castle) from the foot of the hill it is located upon, you will notice a high tower with toothed embrasures. This is a prison tower that is also known as the oldest construction of the downtown. The tower also houses two wooden punishment cells that were in use before 1848. Besides, you can also have a look at two 15th and 17th century models of the Neuchschatel town that add up to quite an interesting experience.

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