The last of its kind

by Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue October. 06, 2017 2137 views

This is the catholic St. Veit church in Lutzmannsburg. The little church is build on the hill and outside of the rural community. The church and two cemeteries are situated in the middle of a small medieval fortification. The stone foundation of the church are reused remains of the former central building. The last remains of the this older house dates back to the 12th century. The church is younger and dates back at the end of the 14th century. The fortification on this hill was build in the 12th century. It was more or less a system of a round wall (earth, wood, brick) and moat. The builder made best use of the topographical situation. The view to the north is from the hill down. The south, east had to be artificially fortified. The north was already hard to climb up and the west side was naturally and artificially fortified by a deep moat. The last remains of the wall, which is good visible by satellite and by a trained eye, are in constant danger to be destroyed. Although the construction isn’t gigantic or impressive it possessed political value and is of historical importance. It was for a short periode (1171-1263) a county (Komitat) of Hungary. Every single Komitat castle developed into a city and a county seat. It didn’t happen in Lutzmannsburg, therefore it’s unique. It's the last original and "undestroyed" Komitat castle.

It’s a short walk from the house where my parents live and it’s also a short walk around the wall and moat. The weather was so inviting two days ago ...

St. Veit, Lutzmannsburg (Austria/Burgenland)

St. Veit, Lutzmannsburg (Austria/Burgenland)

Way up the hill from the north. This was the only way – until the 1990th – to the cemeteries and the coffins had to be carried all the way up.

Way up the hill from the north. This was the only way – until the 1990th – to the cemeteries and the coffins had to be carried all the way up.

The south side and the way to the church.

The south side and the way to the church.

The southwall - the way is a cut through the wall.

The southwall - the way is a cut through the wall.

The red, burned earth (pieces of bricks), and sometimes little pieces of smashed pottery are visible.

The red, burned earth (pieces of bricks), and sometimes little pieces of smashed pottery are visible.

Burned wood (from the construction).

Burned wood (from the construction).

View from the curch to the northwest.

View from the curch to the northwest.

In the late 1980th my brother-in-law Dr. "Cato" Karl Kaus, who was the archaeologist in charge in Burgenland, excavated and documented the western moat before it was almost completly destroyed by a street.

In the late 1980th my brother-in-law Dr. "Cato" Karl Kaus, who was the archaeologist in charge in Burgenland, excavated and documented the western moat before it was almost completly destroyed by a street.

Join the conversation
10
There are 10 comments , add yours!
Heike 2 years, 1 month ago

Sehr idyllische Landschaft, wie es scheint. Schöne Fotos !

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 1 month ago

Danke! Ja, es ist landschaftlich recht schön. Richtung Osten, Lutzmannsburg liegt direkt an der ungarischen Grenze, wird's dann noch flacher. Richtung Westen (Geschriebenstein) und Nordwesten (Bucklige Welt) ist's deutlich hügeliger. Der pannonische Raum ist heiß und trocken im Sommer und eisig (nicht immer viel Schnee, eher Verwehungen) im Winter - kein Vergleich zu Frankfurt. smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 1 month ago

#1,2, &7 are just beautiful. What an awesome place to be.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks! The best view for a strategic place ... grinning

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 1 month ago

Fascinating info & lovely photo reportage!

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks! blush

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Good series,#7 is my favourite. Thanks for the history lessonsmile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks! It's the best view from this strategic place. By the way - the reused bricks from a Roman Villa which was situated right behind the last white and highest building in the middle of the photo. Maybe there will be another history lesson ...

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful views and a gorgeous sun light all around

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 1 month ago

It was a bright day and I had 30 minutes spare time - I was very fast.
Sometimes I wished for a little bit more time ...

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Up
Copyright @Photoblog.com