Johannisburg Palace

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The town of Aschaffenburg is dominated by a monumental and yet harmonious cuboid palace crowned with four corner towers: The shimmering red of Schloss Johannisburg. It was built on the orders of Mainz archbishop and elector Johann Schweikard, with the outer walls put up by Georg Ridinger on the banks of the Main from 1605 onwards.  It replaced a medieval castle which had been partially destroyed in what’s know as the Markgräflerkrieg, the Margravian War, in 1552. Parts of that castle had been restored, and the old keep was included in the construction of the new palace.

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