The Three Hares Window
The tracery of one window in the cloister shows a trick of medieval mathematics. Three hares form a circle. Each of them has two ears but in total there are only three ears.
Location: inside the cloister of the cathedral on the northern side, behind/above the peacock fountain.
A Wombat in Paderborn
The reason why we went to Paderborn was some kind of convention Mommy had to attend - some boring history stuff I was not interested in. I decided I could make better use of those two days by staying in the room and having a very good and long sleep. However, we stayed a day longer and went out to explore the place.
Paderborn is a very catholic place. I even joined high mass in the cathedral - quietly hidden in the bag, of course. Inscense smells good!
It was a bright hot summer's day and visits to all those cool churches were pleasant. As was the icecream we shared in between.
Wewelsburg Castle, built in the style of the Weser Renaissance, is situated in the village of the same name, and located on a limestone rock overlooking the Alme Valley. It is about 15 km southwest of the town of Paderborn.
The Castle has three towers and the ground plan is based on an isosceles triangle. It owes its existance to Prince Bishop Dietrich Von Furstenburg (1585-1618), who established a number of permanent strongholds during the restoration of Roman Catholicism in the territory, which had been partially converted to Protestantism.
The oldest written reference to Wewelsburg Castle (in a report of 1124,) speaks of a fortress which had been erected at the time of the Huns. During an excavation in 1924 remains of ramparts were re-discovered
Wewesburg Castle came to assume a completely different significance in 1934 when the Reich Leader of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, rented the Castle from the District of Buren for the symbolic fee of one Reichsmark per annum.
Shortly before Germany capitulated, Himmler commanded a special SS squad to blow up the Castle on 31 March 1945. It was completely destroyed with the exception of the outer walls. Reconstruction began in 1949 and was completed in 1979. Today the Castle contains the Castle Museum and a youth hostel
My lasting personal recollection of Wewelsburg Castle is of a visit to the 'Crypt'. The shape, the acoustics and the lighting were used to create a solemn atmosphere here, and on my short visit I remember a group of tourists being told the history of the place. I found it to be most eerie and chilling, and couldn't wait to get out.
The photo here shows the angled walls forming an isosceles triangle.It is not one of the easiest places of which to take photos
The Castle has a long and varied history which is best left for the visitor to discover, rather than try to relate to it on this page. Wewelsburg Castle is a most interesting place to visit, with a good visitor's centre and cafeteria.
Open other days at various times from about 10 am to 5 or 6 pm, except Saturdays 1 to 6 pm, but best to 'phone before you visit.
Kreismuseum WewelsburgBurgwall 19,
Tel: 02955-6108 or 7120.
West of the intersection of Autobahns 33 (from Paderborn) and 44.