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Jaromarsburg

Jaromarsburg
Jaromarsburg

The Jaromarsburg was a cult site for the Slavic tribe of Rani dedicated to the god Svantovit and used from the 6th to the 12th century. It was located on the northeastern tip of the German Baltic Sea island of Rügen near Cape Arkona, and was protected on two sides by the cliffed coast and from the land side by a Slavic burgwall. The name of the temple hill is derived from the Rani prince, Jaromar I, who became a vassal of the Danish king, Valdemar I in 1168 after the Rügen was conquered by Denmark.

At Cape Arkona in recent centuries, sections of the cliff tops have continually collapsed into the sea, which is why the remnants of the Jaromarsburg today mainly comprise the castle ramparts. Based on a loss of 10 to 20 metres per century, it is believed that the current area within the ramparts represents only a third of the original total. As a result for several years urgent archaeological excavations have taken place, which have uncovered the site of the Svetovid temple, which had been thought for a long time had been lost to coastal collapse. It is a rectangular area that was completely free of artifacts, but to find around which, however, articles were discovered that may have been offerings, including parts of broken weapons. This is consistent with the historical account by Saxo Grammaticus, who states that the priests inside the temple were not even allowed to breathe within its confines, so as not to defile it.

[ Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaromarsburg ]

Address: Rügen
Tags: Jaromarsburg, cult site, Slavic tribe, Ruegen


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