Berleburg castle is one of the few noble residences in Germany, which has been inhabited by the same family for the last 750 years. The castle was built in the 13th century. The two-storey north wing was expanded in 1555-1557 and the gatehouse dates from 1585. During the reign of Count Casimir, the three-storey central wing was built from 1731 to 1733. the Corps de Logis (the principal block of palace) was built in 1732-1739.
A guided tour provides amongst others an insight few into the ballrooms, the great hall, the chapel, and some of the private chambers of the family of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. The journey takes you to the corps de Logis, completed in the year 1733 and further into the social rooms up to the oldest part of the castle. There, you can learn about the long family history and feel the solidarity of the region and the commitment for the county and its people. A return is worth it, because there is always something new to be seen.
The ambiance of the castle also offers a stylish venue for concerts, organized by the Berleburg cultural community. Impressive is the advent and Christmas season, particularly the Christmas tree tour in the castle.References:
Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of 'prescribed cross' type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.
The fortress was established in the 4th century and it was a Persian citadel. It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.