Built in the 14th century, the medieval moated castle always served as a holiday residence for Saxon rulers and as accommodation for the sovereign's administration. When the castle was rebuilt for the first time, it retained its Renaissance style, and the tower has survived to this day. Following the division of Saxony and the takeover of the Saxony-Merseburg Principality, the Barockschloss Delitzsch was declared a travel and widows' residence.
Further reconstruction gave the castle its French character and still impresses today with its elegant interior. Then, starting in 1860, the residence was used as a women's prison for a few years until the city of Delitzsch bought the castle and it became a museum.
The baroque palace with its baroque garden is now home to a museum, the tourist information office, the registry office and the local music school. The 50-metre high observation tower also offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.
Learn about the life of the duchess dowagers of Saxony-Merseburg, the aristocratic, magnificently furnished living quarters and the everyday life of the servants in the Delitzsch Damenschloss. Information about the castle's history and the town is also available and there are also special exhibitions that highlight the political and cultural history.
Originally laid out in 1692 and 1693, the French-style pleasure garden today again has a parterre de broderie which, with its brick-filled ornaments, is reminiscent of embroidery. The fan-shaped avenues lined with maple trees are a welcome source of shade in summer.References:
Monte d"Accoddi is a Neolithic archaeological site in northern Sardinia, located in the territory of Sassari. The site consists of a massive raised stone platform thought to have been an altar. It was constructed by the Ozieri culture or earlier, with the oldest parts dated to around 4,000–3,650 BC.
The site was discovered in 1954 in a field owned by the Segni family. No chambers or entrances to the mound have been found, leading to the presumption it was an altar, a temple or a step pyramid. It may have also served an observational function, as its square plan is coordinated with the cardinal points of the compass.
The initial Ozieri structure was abandoned or destroyed around 3000 BC, with traces of fire found in the archeological evidence. Around 2800 BC the remains of the original structure were completely covered with a layered mixture of earth and stone, and large blocks of limestone were then applied to establish a second platform, truncated by a step pyramid (36 m × 29 m, about 10 m in height), accessible by means of a second ramp, 42 m long, built over the older one. This second temple resembles contemporary Mesopotamian ziggurats, and is attributed to the Abealzu-Filigosa culture.
Archeological excavations from the chalcolithic Abealzu-Filigosa layers indicate the Monte d"Accoddi was used for animal sacrifice, with the remains of sheep, cattle, and swine recovered in near equal proportions. It is among the earliest known sacrificial sites in Western Europe.
The site appears to have been abandoned again around 1800 BC, at the onset of the Nuragic age.
The monument was partially reconstructed during the 1980s. It is open to the public and accessible by the old route of SS131 highway, near the hamlet of Ottava. It is 14,9 km from Sassari and 45 km from Alghero. There is no public transportation to the site. The opening times vary throughout the year.