Wanzleben-Börde — Romanesque Route Once Again

I learn something new every day. Ok, some things I really don’t need to know (and could’ve spent the rest of natural born days all the better for not knowing). Then, lo & behold, there are things that I’m so glad I’ve stumbled upon.

What I learned in Wanzleben- Börde falls in the latter category.

Wanzleben-Börde is where you’ll find the Komturei Bergen. Yeah, I didn’t know what this was either (hence the whole learning something new).

It was a 13th century estate (still is, as a mater of fact) that once belonged to the Teutonic Knights. In the mid-17th century during the Thirty Years’ War, the Swedes took possession of it.

The oldest part of the Komturei is of a Romanesque/Gothic design, which you can see at the Gutskapelle, the former chapel. Within the chapel’s walls aren’t just centuries of art and architecture (like the Baroque altarpiece), but it is where no less than four Knights are buried.

As old as the Komturei Bergen is, it’s centuries younger than Burg Wanzleben. The first time anyone heard about this castle was in 968, so that’s the “official” year that’s given to the Burg — but it’s possible that it’s even older.

The part of the castle that is at least that old is the 30 meter high donjon. I guess you better be up high, since this is a lowland castle — you gotta keep your eye on things somehow.

The municipality of Wanzleben (where you’ll find the castle with the same name) also has a 13th century church (St. Jacobi), and two medieval towers (built 1438).

As beautiful as you’ll find all this, they’re not the reason Wanzleben-Börde is on the Romanesque Route. That’s reserved for the St. Paul church in the village of Seehausen.

I’ve droned on enough about history, so I’ll give you the skinny on the fun side of town. Every November there’s the Lantern Festival with all sorts of singing & dancing. Just about a month earlier, in early October, is the Harvest Festival.

Wow, history and cultural festivities mixed with scenic routes… I’m so glad I learned all about Wanzleben-Börde.

 

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