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1875 Excerpt: ...its walls twenty-one feet in thickness. The towers
are placed in the most exposed positions, principally at the
corners of the castle. Owing to portions of the castle being
destroyed so often during the Thirty Years' War, and subsequently,
parts of it are older than others, and the portions which were
rebuilt during the reign of succeeding sovereigns were named after
them. Among the finest of the more modern buildings are the Otto
Heinrichbau and Friedrichbau. The former, built in 1556, occupies
the eastern part of the castle, and its decorations, admirably
executed in the purest renaissance style, are attributed, to
designs of Michael Angelo. Over the door is the bust of E. Otto
Henry, who erected this building. Higher up, in twelve niches, are
statues of mythological characters. Over the windows are medallions
of Roman Emperors, and in four lower niches are placed statues of
Joshua, Samson, Hercules and Mars. The latter building, dating from
i6oi, judging from its architectural beauty, was designed to
surpass the rest of the edifice. The front, like the other, is
embellished with statues of sixteen Electors, from Othos of
Witelbach (1184) to Friedrich V. (1607); above these, to the left,
is Charlemagne. This is the only part of the castle now under roof,
and it contains many curiosities found near and about the grounds.
Near this is the entrance to the spacious cellar, which contains
the " Heidleberg Tun" made in 1751, and capable of holding 49,000
gallons or 283,200 bottles. It has only been filled three times,
and then from taxes paid in wine. There are also several other
casks of immense size near by. A vaulted passage leads from here to
the "Great Balcony," which commands a beautiful prospect of the
Neckar. Beneath this balcony another ...
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