Nossen CastleIn the footsteps of Saxon nobility
Changing fortunes create particularly charming buildings. This is especially true for Nossen Castle. The medieval knight’s castle that previously stood on this site was converted by Elector Augustus the Strong into a Renaissance hunting lodge in 1554.
This gave the architecture of what used to be a murky fortification a certain degree of ease. The spirit of that European era of cultural dawn can still be sensed today. Former prison cells and authentic replicas of medieval torture instruments, however, are proof of the dark side of this place where, for quite some time, a court pronounced its relentless sentences. Also, Countess Cosel, the famous mistress of excessive Saxon ruler Augustus the Strong, is part of Nossen Castle’s history. In 1716, the critically sick mistress had been attended to at this place for a month before she was taken to Stolpen Castle where she was to die in solitude 49 years later. Today, Nossen Castle presents the fascinating history of Saxon nobility in changing exhibitions. Apart from the von Schoenberg and von Friesen families, the exhibitions will present further chronicles of other aristocratic ancestry that ruled the country between the Vogtland and Lusatia regions for many centuries.
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