Wettin Castle

Wettin Castle is a former castle that stood near the town of Wettin on the Saale river in Germany, and which is the ancestral home of the House of Wettin, the dynasty that included several royal families, including that of the current ruling family of Great Britain. [http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Wettin 1911 Encyclopedia] . Accessed May 19, 2008.] The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, (6th ed. 2007) Columbia University Press. [http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/people/A0851993.html InfoPlease web site] . Accessed May 19, 2008.]

In 982, Dedo I (d. 1009) and Frederick (d. 1017), sons of Dietrich, count of Hassegau or Hosgau, received lands taken from the Wends, including the county (or Gau) of Wettin on the right bank of the Saale. There is a legend that the family is descended from one Wettekind, but this can not be attested in any history. [http://www.angelfire.com/mi4/polcrt/SaxonyAlBran.html Courtly Lives web site] . Accessed May 19, 2008.] At least one reference claims that the castle was built by a descendent of Dietrich named Thimo.

That castle is a rebuilt ruin, used as part of a building that houses a school and other public institutionscite book|last=Pantenius|first=Michael|authorlink=|coauthors=|title=Halle Saale City Guide|publisher=Mitteldeutscher Verlag|date=2006|pages=154|url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ppJSDHx3FVYC|isbn=3898122743|quote=The Burg on the hill, the area's landmark, has been rebuilt during the course of time and today houses a school and other public institutions] but other castles owned by the Wettin family, from the 15h century CE, still exist in Meissen, [ [http://www.hotel-artushof.de/en/region_meissen.html Hotel Arthushot web site] . Accessed May 19, 2008.] and on the Elbe river. [ [http://www.schloesserland-sachsen.de/cms/en/palaces_castles_and_gardens/castles/koenigstein_fortress/ Schloesserland-sachsen web site] . Accessed May 19, 2008.]


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