The Moated Castle Oberau - ATTENTION, this page is WORK IN PROGRESS!!!
Saxony, the state of castles and palaces offers many interesting places to explore. Through my love for our history and culture I turned with my next huge project back to my state and started the historical and visual reconstruction of Saxony's oldest preserved Moated Castle in Oberau. The picture above is the oldest known drawing of the castle, from the year 1730. It is printed in the old book „Neue Sächsische Kirchengalerie, Ephorie Meißen“, from 1902. The Autor of this picture is maybe "Johann Gottlob Karl Liebezeit" but I‘m not sure. I think it is a copy of a postcard or a set of postcards, because nearly the same picture is part of the collection in Dresden‘s „Kupferstich-Kabinett“ , what the assumption allows that more than one sample exists. As written above, my work includes the historical evaluation as same as the 3D-reconstruction of the castle itself. So this long- term-project consists of a lot of tasks and in collaboration with the local community Niederau and its Mayor Mr. Steffen Sang and the castles support association and its members. Besides the collaboration a lot of practical work was and is needed. The measuring and examination of the castle is a huge task, a work that is supplemented by the study of literature. Due to the great importance of Meissen‘s history we talk clearly from the earliest times of the conquest of the country between the Elbe- and Oder-river. After the Germanic tribes once left this country in the 6th century, the Slavs spread out in it and founded their settlements primarily on waters, but especially on river courses. At this point, I would not like to go into too much detail on European history. I will give you just a few important information about the historical importance of this Moated Castle. When Heinrich I. founded the Misni fortress in 929 (today's Meissen (In German orthography the town is written as „Meißen“)) as a wooden fortress (army camp), he did so on a conveniently located hill in the middle of the Slavic country, surrounded by rough terrain, which was often referred to as "primeval forest". The river „Elbe“ formed thereby a natural border, whereby the today's Meißner district Cölln as Slavic settlement on the other shore was already in directly visibility. Although many military campaigns were connected with the eastward expansion of the empire, the armies quickly followed the settlers, who spread around the newly built fortresses and castles and preferred to take over old Slavic settlements. It flared up again and again clashes between Slavs and Saxons, which were strengthened especially in the 10th century by the campaigns of the Polish ruler Boleslav. Our two districts of Oberau and Niederau are of particular importance in the development of the Mark Meißen. Below you will find an 360°x180° testpicture of the possible reconstruction result of the „Blue Salon“ of the Moated Castle Oberau. You can rotate it directly in the small preview-window, or by using the small rectangle in the lower right corner you can enjoy it as fullscreen. If the small frame shows „image cannot load“ maybe your working place have a high securitiy level for embedded content or your browser needs an update. Please make sure, that your browser is not blocking Javascript and can handle HTML5-code for using the WebGL-feature. I tried the picture as well with an Androit-phone, which works well. Please note that this subpage is under construction. I am trying to achieve a comprehensive compatibility and to adapt the content to the quality of my other pages. This is also the reason why this page has not yet been linked from the main page. Thank you for your understanding!
Well, Books. I can´t repeat myself often enough. Books are my primary source of information. Below is the first book I used, when I started the research in the seafaring theme. It contains first time the whole history in seafaring. More than 270 partially historical illustrations and excellent researched articles about 5000 years of expedition, trading and navigation make this book a must have too. Hardcover: 374 pages Publisher: NG Buchverlag GmbH (different editions exist) Language: German! Buy this book at Amazon.de (Germany) Buy this book at Amazon.co.uk (UK) Buy this book at Amazon.com (USA)
Oldest known picture of the Moated Castle Oberau (1730), the autor is maybe "Johann Gottlob Karl Liebezeit"; a similar copy is stored in the "Kupferstichkabinett Dresden"
Information: In today’s literature mostly the name „Slavs“ is used for the common designation of the Slavic ethnicity in south-eastern Europe between the year 500 and 700. So far from the perspective of current anthropological theories, Professor Florin Curta of the Medieval History, University of Florida, says. He added, that there is more than one meaning associated with the word “Slav” itself. Most often, it denotes two, arguably separate, groups mentioned in sixth-century sources, he writes in his book "The Making Of The Slavs", the “Sclavenes” and the “Antes”. He also writes in his book that the word "Slav" is an abbreviation of the word "Sclavene", which also means "Sclavus" in Latin. So when talking about "Slavs" instead of "Sclavenes" and "Antes", it is usually, but not always, related meant to the traditional historiographical interpretation, which tended to designate these two groups under a single designation. It is also based on the assumption that the "Slavs" were the original root from which all Slavic-speaking nations of later times emerged. Old German literature often speaks of "Sclaves" (old German speaking) before the word "Slawen" (modern German speaking) was used.
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