Steinskulptur, Wappenhalter (Oberhausmuseum Passau).
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Today we can only see the last state of a castle complex that has grown, has been destroyed, rebuilt, extended, converted, and embellished over many centuries. A castle therefore always has a dimension of construction that is no longer visible.
We have selected some castles of the Inn-Salzach-Danube region, which show, how hidden messages become recognizable, when you examine individual construction phases of a complex. Considering that, you must take a close look at the individual castle. Starting with a "disassembling" look at the building, its individual houses, walls, towers, storehouses and chapels. The entire complex, consisting of many partial buildings, could expand over large areas; Burghausen Castle, for example, extends over a length of more than 1000 meters.
There were many possibilities for building activities, not only spatially, but also temporally. Construction work and innovations were often carried out in phases of wealth, but also in times of special threat (for example during the Austrian fear of the advancing Ottoman), or after a change of ownership.
Bodenfund (Griff?) (Julbach am Inn).
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