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:
Trondenes Church is the northernmost medieval stone church of Norway. Though frequently mentioned as a 13th-century church, dating based on dendrochronology places its completion shortly after 1434. Compared to the other ten north Norwegian medieval stone churches, Trondenes church is well preserved and the exterior is close to the original state. The nave is 22.6 metres long and the chancel is 13.5 metres, making it one of the largest medieval churches of rural Norway. In the late Medieval period, Trondenes served as the main church centre of Northern Norway.
The church is especially known for its rich decorations, including three gothic triptychs, one of which is made by the German Hanseatic artist Bernt Notke. The baroque pulpit is equipped with an hourglass to allow the minister to time long sermons. The organ dates from the late 18th century. In the choir section, one can see remnants of medieval frescoes.
The church is probably the third church on the site, the first stave church was built in the 11th century, the second in the 12th. The second church was fortified with stone walls and ramparts, remnants of which can be seen around the church.The church used to have a little turret, which was demolished. Now the bells are rung from a little tower in the graveyeard.