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Rastatt is a pretty big town

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Hey all!  I didn’t go walkabout yesterday or today in Karlsruhe, because it was COLD…I pretty much read Harry Potter and slept all day!  Some people traveled about 4 miles into the center of town to see a castle, but from the pictures they brought back, it just looked like a big manor…one level, nice, but not the storybook castles I love!

Here’s our hotel, ACHAT.  The man at the front desk let me have some free orange juice and I was very grateful since the only free water they offer is carbonated :(

Here’s today’s ad at the Badner Halle venue…

So I began today’s walkabout towards the back of the venue, I guess in their gardens?  There I found Pagodenburg Manor.  In 1722, the Countess Franziska Sibylla Augusta had the Pagodenburg Manor built by her master builder, Johann Michael Ludwig Rohrer. Today, the pavilion serves as an exhibition venue for local artists, such as the Kunstverein Rastatt, formed on March 30, 1976.  The Kunstverein Rastatt is a group made up of the former City Council and some citizens interested in art.  The association has set itself the task of promoting the “Fine Arts” in particular contemporary art and to disseminate them for understanding.

The manor is surrounded by 13 statues that I counted AND took pictures of individually.  This guy must be cooooooold…

These were my other two favories, the one below because it’s the only duo statue…woman and child…

and this one because the guy looks like a grandpa runnin’ to class, book in hand, clothes flyin’ off cuz he’s late for class!!!

After the statue photo shoot, I paused to write one of my nicknames in the snow…with my finger of course.

Then went back around the side of the venue where I caught the dancers rehearsing…

Travis Jesse Shannon Narada

Rastatt is a pretty big town, with its old city neatly wrapped by the Murg River, a small tributary of the Rein River.  Here are a few bridges I encounted as I walked by the Murg:

Oh yes, I encountered this sign and thought, “Instead of holding a child, I’m holding a shopping bag…how very ME!”

This was a loooong stretch of path, so I told God, “Just lead me where you want me to go.”  About that time, I saw ducks up ahead, and the church bell rang 2PM beside me, and I thought, “Alright, I will go see the ducks, then go see the church…thank you!”

And Look who came right up to me and visited…swans!!!  God-IS-Awesome!!!

Next I went to St. Alexander Church, which is the Catholic church of Rastatt. The church was built in 1756 by the margrave architect Johann Peter Ernst Rohrer, whose gravestone is at the entrance.

The church foundations were already created in 1701 by Domenico Egidio Rossi. In 1764, the church was consecrated.

The front is decorated with four great saints:

  • St. Donatus, as a protector against storms
  • St. Charles Borromeo, against the plague
  • St. Anthony of Padua, against flooding
  • St. Florian, fire

In this pic…

…and in the forefront of the pic below is Alexius fountatin (Alexiusbrunnen).  The Alexiusbrunnen was built to ward off destruction by earthquake in Rastatt. When, in 1723 and 1728, Rastatt was hit by earthquakes, the fear was great and the people felt helpless against the forces of nature. As often happens in such cases, the population sought refuge in prayers and called out to one patron…For this reason, the Margrave Ludwig Georg Simpert and his brother August Georg Simpert established the fountain in 1739, in honor of the Alexiusbrunnen St. Alexius of Rome, the patron saint against earthquakes, lightning and storms.

In the background of this pic, you can see “Hall Rastatt”.  The City Council in Rastatt (Hall Rastatt) is a historic building from the first half of the 18th Century. From 1716 the construction of the Town Hall began with his first stone, 1721, the first section was completed after a design by Michael Ludwig Rohrer. In 1750, the installation was built according to plans by Peter Ernst Rohrer.

And finally…the crowning glory find of the day…I was all alone in this HUGE front yard of this estate, with no one telling me not to stand here, no one asking if they can help me…it was like I was the last person in the barren, snow-filled world, perusing the grounds of some lost kingdom!  I thought, “Am I that stupid to be the only one galavanting around in the snow flurries this afternoon?!”

The German Schloss Rastatt and gardens were built between 1700 and 1707 by the Italian master builder Domenico Egidio Rossi, as ordered by Markgraf Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden.  The residence in Rastatt was built for the count of Baden and his wife.  It is the oldest baroque residence in the German Upper-Rhine area and was built according to the example of the French palace Versailles. During the 19th century the castle was used as a fort headquarters.  The biggest and most decorated hall is the “Ahnensaal” (Ancestral Hall). It is decorated with many frescoes. I believe I snuck a peak in the window in back and snapped a picture of some of the frescoes!…

Hah!  I am SO sneaky:)

The castle was not damaged during World War II. Today the castle is home of two museums, the “Wehrgeschichtliche Museum” (military history) and Erinnerungsstätte für die Freiheitsbewegungen in der deutschen Geschichte (Memorial site for the German liberation movement).

Around the corner, on the back left side of the grounds is the Palace Church of the Holy Cross.  Here is a close-up of the emblem over the front door:

Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm of Baden-Baden had promised the people of Rastatt that he would build a church.  However, it was his widow Margravine Sibylla Augusta who was finally able to keep this promise.  After returning from a journey to Rome, she commissioned Michael Ludwig Rohrer to build a “Hofkirche” (Court Church) and a “Heilige Stiege” (Holy Staircase), which connected her apartment to the new church, from 1719 to 1723.

And that’s it!  Whew!  Crazy amazing gift-from-God day for sure!  Well, it’s dinner time here and I gotta get ready for our show tonight.  Have a great day!

In Christ,