Photographer's Note

Castle Johannisberg - the landmark of the Bavarian town Aschaffenburg - was built from 1605 to 1614 and until 1803 it was the second residence of the prince bishop of Mainz.

Already in 14th century a magnificent medieval castle was situated here high above the river bank of Main. It was destroyed in a war in 1552. In 1604 the then prince bishop of Mainz, Johann Schweikhard von Kornberg, ordered the construction of the today's castle. The master builder implicated the still existing medieval donjon (in photo just right of the middle) into the castle complex. The towers at the four corners have a height 64 metres, answering the width of the four wings of the castle.

There's a funny anecdote. In Thirty Year's War the Swedish king Gustav Adolf thought about the pillage and destruction of the castle because - as he said - he wasn't able to take it with him to Sweden. The Capuchin Father Bernhard von Trier told him to cart it to Sweden whereupon the king of course furrowed his brow inquisitively. Berhard herupon showed him the numerous engraved wheels in the facades, the coat of arms of the diocese of Mainz. It is said that Gustav Adolf laughed about this quick-wittedness - and he forbeared from destroying the castle ...

The castle today houses an outstanding collection of paintings - part of the Bavarian state collection, the municipal museum of Aschaffenburg and you can visit the rooms of the elector - still with the original furniture of the last archbishop who resided here.

In workshop you can see the castle's view from the river bank.

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