Bouillon

Bouillon Castle

I was so excited to visit the property of Godfrey of Bouillon, whose figure is wrapped in so many myths and mysteries. Well, what is true and what is false – we will never find out. As we’ve already seen, we don’t remember or truly understand our history from the past 100-200 years. Nowadays in Bulgaria, there are no longer any records about certain affairs from the communist regime in the not so distant past. So, what about events that had happened 500, 1500, or 2000 years ago? But maybe it is exactly what makes life on our Planet so interesting and exciting, and it just has to be this way.

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The castle, property of the powerful Ardennes-Verdun Dynasty, is with an unknown year of origin. But in 1082, it was inherited by Godfrey of Bouillon and sold by him to the prince-bishop of Liège before setting off for Jerusalem during the First Crusade. Godfrey then became the first ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem.

The present appearance of the castle is a result of the upgrades by Vauban – the military architect of Louis XIV – from the late 17th century and during the time of the Dutch reign in the 19th century.

An endless tunnel system with numerous rooms on the background of medieval music… I know, I’ve just said that I don’t like this type of places of interest – the fortified castles, but when it comes to a legendary historical character like Godfrey, everything about him is worth seeing and exploring. And, honestly, this is the most interesting one of this type of constructions that I’ve ever seen.

In the photographs, you can see as follows:

1), 2) – the bascule bridge

3) – the drawbridge

4) – the Vauban Staircase

1) – the church bell of the former demolished chapel from 1563.

4) – the prison.

6) – a cistern with a 100-cubic-meter surface.

1) – Escalier d’honneur/the main staircase.

2), 4) – the Clock Tower from the beginning of the 17th century – a former watch tower, and the Austrian Tower from 1551.

3) – the former bell of the Clock Tower from 1606.

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View from the top of the Austrian Tower – the highest point of the castle.

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The rock-hewn Godfrey of Bouillon Hall.

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The farewell scene between Godfrey and his mother, Ida of Bouillon with the participation of the two brothers of Gottfried and the infamous Peter the Hermit.

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The prominent mysterious wooden cross, lying in a notch in the floor, discovered in 1962-1963.

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A statue of Godfrey.

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The Bible of the Knights Templar in the exhibition „Scriptura – from the feather to the PC“.

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On the Cour d’honneur, the former Place d’Armes, where once the ducal palace stood, today is been performed the show with rapacious birds (just as at Kasselburg Castle).

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Here is the Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Bouillon, on which I couldn’t find any detailed information. It was built in 1848 in the Neo-Classical style.

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Who else but ‘the Virgin Mary’ can crown the pulpit of the church when it comes to the Knights Templar.

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One of the two pictures representing the epic of Godfrey.

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