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Terra Mineralia/Castle Freudenstein

Terra Mineralia/Castle Freudenstein
Interior of Freudenstein Castle in Freiburg (Saxony)

Margrave Otto of Wettin (the Rich) decided to built a representative residential and administrative centre for the Wettin Lords and so Castle Freudenstein was built between 1175 and 1177. In the 17th and 18th centuries castle started to fall into ruin; the last prominent visitor was Czar Peter I of Russia who visited the castle in 1750 and described it as dilapidated. The castle was reconstructed over the years and used for a variety of purposes; however it wasn't until 2008 that the Saxon state government decided that the TU Bergakademie Freibergmay (the world's oldest mining school) should use the castle together with the Saxon Archives of Mining and Metallurgy. Based on this decision, the reconstruction of the castle began in the following year and the it was opened as terra mineralia.

terra minerlia contains over 3.500 minerals, gemstones and meteorites from five continents presented in the historical setting of the castle Freudenstein. In the permanent exhibitionthe treasures of famous deposits in the five contienents are displayed on three floors. The exhibits are a result of Dr. Erika Pohl, who donated her private mineral collection, regarded as one of the most valuable and significant private collections worldwide. In Freiberg, it is now open to the public for the first time.

Hours: Open daily 9am - 6pm.

Admission: Adults 7 €, Concessions 4 €, pre-school ages or below are free.

[ Source: http://www.terra-mineralia.de/ ]

Address: 09599 Freiberg
Tags: Freiburg, Saxony, Castle, Museum, Minerology, Mining, Metellurgy


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