Art in Hochosterwitz

The visit to the Hochosterwitz Museum has been redesigned to enable our visitors to get to know areas that have traditionally been inaccessible to the public, like roofs and low areas. In these new spaces we will exhibit contemporary artists who year after year contribute new aspects and topicality related to our region. 
If you would like to learn a little more about Hochosterwitz, we now offer you some texts written by the person who is currently the castle warden, Count Karl Khevenhüller-Metsch, and by the Spanish historian Alfredo Alvar Ezquerra (Texts available in German and Spanish): 

Foto: Escultura de Hans Khevenhueller 1570, Jacopo da Trezzo (Jacometrezo)
Escultura de Jacopo da Trezzo
( Conocido como Jacometrezo, Trezzo, Lombardia, 1515 Madrid, 1589), signada y fechada en  1579
Landesmuseum Kärntner

Brief introduction to the Castle Hochosterwitz

It was first mentioned documentarily in 860. 1209 the Spanheims bestowed upon the family of Osterwitz the hereditary office of the cup-bearer. The last cup-bearer of Osterwitz was caught in a Turkish invasion and died in prison, without leaving descendants. Hochosterwitz goes back to the sovereign, Emperor Frederic III. King Ferdinand I. pawned Osterwitz to the governor Christof Khevenhüller. In 1570 Baron George Khevenhüller who equally was governor, acquired the citadel by purchase, fortifying it against the menacing Turkish invasions, provided it with an armoury and hat the 14 gates built from 1570-1586. Such a fortress-way, secured at so many sides, cannot only be counted among the greatest rarities, but does also represent a unique thing in citadel- construction. An old document enumerates the names of each gate. Since that time no essential changes have taken place in the building. The fortress has been up to our days continually a property of the Khevenhüller. A disposal left by the builder George Khevenhüller dating from the year 1576 which can be read on a marble plate in the yard, expresses the wish to keep the citadel in the possession of the descendants, who should care for it. And this wish has always remained a holy legacy for the family Khevenhüller.

More information in German or Spanish language




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