Photographer's Note

This is one of the buildings of Castle Cappenberg, situated near the town Lünen in the eastern part of Ruhr and in the very south of the region called Münsterland (please see map view). In former times it has been a Premonstratensian monastery with a truly interesting history:

The Counts of Cappenberg, who were related to the Salians and the Staufers, were a rich and powerful family. During the Investiture Controversy, when they supported Duke Lothar von Supplinburg against Emperor Heinrich V, Count Gottfried von Cappenberg and his brother Otto von Cappenberg led their armies in February 1121 under the leadership of Duke Lothar against the city of Münster. A great part of the town was destroyed, and the old cathedral was burnt down. Before the Emperor could bring them to trial for violation of the peace of the realm, Gottfried – either out of genuine repentance or out of fear of the Imperial judgment - gave the greater part of his estates in Westphalia - also castle Cappenberg - to the founder of the Premonstratensain Order, Norbert of Xanten. He renounced worldly life and withdrew into a monastery, where - according to contemporary custom - he was immune from punishment.
Against the wishes of his family he founded in his ancestral castle on the Cappenberg a Premonstratensian monastery, Cappenberg Abbey (Kloster Cappenberg). For his wife Ida and his sisters Gerberga and Beatrix, he built a nunnery next door.

After an existence of almost 700 years the monastery was dissolved in 1803 and became an estate of the Prussian Crown and from now on it was used as a castle. You can see the main building HERE.

Nowadays Cappenberg Castle is an excursion destination, with a museum. Art exhibitions and concerts are regularly held there. The ancient collegiate church still exists and it is a real architectural gem. I'll show it tomorrow.

Well, this building! It is the old water tower of Cappenberg castle, constructed in 1899, now a protected monument, which was restored in 1992. Today it serves a an outlook tower.

Unfortunately I had to include this roof-edge righthand because another point of view wasn't possible.

In workshop you can see a part of the castle's park.

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