Istein Castle Ruins

Efringen-Kirchen, Germany

Istein castle was a rock castle built by the bishops of Basel in the 11th and 12th centuries. It was first time mentioned in 1185. The castle was stormed in 1410-1411 by the Basler troops. The modern fortress was built in 1900-1914 and destroyed after 1945.

St. Vitus Chapel, partially ruined, is one of two original castle chapels built in the 12th centurya. The current small chapel, which was built after the destruction of the castle in 1650 and destroyed by the French occupation forces in 1947, was rebuilt in the 1980s due to a citizens' initiative.

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Founded: 11th century
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Germany
Historical period: Salian Dynasty (Germany)

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