Photo Essay

On top of the hill

Septfontaines 8

The village Septfontaines is in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and located at the entrance of the "Valley of the Seven Castles". In a previous article :

I told you the story of the local WW2 museum, but the village is also dominated by a medieval castle.

When the castle was build is not exactly known, but certainly not before the year 900. Records show that in the early 1400's Thomas of Siebenborn (Septfontaines in German) was (the most famous) Lord of this castle. He was a friend and confident of Emperor Henri VII.

After Thomas of Siebenborn his death the castle did not remain in his family and was sold. Many owners followed during the centuries.

At the end of the 18th century the castle was destroyed by an accidental fire. Only the walls and the towers remained intact. In 1844 Knight de la Basse Mouturie wrote in his journal that the owners should restore this pride of the valley. In 1929 a national magazine, the Luxemburger Illustrierte, quoted the Knight and mentioned that the owners had done nothing but preserving the ruins.

These days the castle is (sometimes) undergoing restauration. Double glazed windows were added, an elevator, a heating installation....and then it stops....again.

There are several rumours about the destination of this castle, the most persistant one being a hotel. Future will tell us.

The castle is privatly owned and can not be visited.....yeah right :)

This story is part of my Urbex-project (Urban Exploration) with only one idea in mind : "Take only photographs and leave nothing but footsteps !".

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2 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (7 Jan 2010):

    A great story and terrific images!!! I love your line about not being visited. LOL!

  • Alain Mijngheer

    Alain Mijngheer said (7 Jan 2010):

    Thanks Regenia, about that line....I just couldn't resist :)

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