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Stavenow Castle - today.

Do you still remember Stavenow Castle, as it looked like around the turn from the 19th zum 20th century? Let me show it to you again:

Please pay attention to the wing in the shape of an "L" and to the round little tower ......

Stavenow Castle shown on an old engraving.

Photograpf taken by David Stavenow, Almunge, Schweden.

...... and compare please with
the building as it looks today.

This photograph (and some others) was taken by David Stavenow, from Almunge, Schweden, during his visit in Stavenow in the summer 2000. Many thanks for placing them at my disposal for the completion of this site.

Shortly after the big fire in 1945 the side wing of the castle was pulled down completely, the main building was demolished to todays hight.
A lot of work is being done there today. However today the people owning Stavenow Castle do rebuilding work instead of demolition. But as I mentioned already in the chapter about the virtual walk I would like to come back to that in a chapter of its own.

Photograph taken by Klaus Stavenow, Filderstadt.

Photograph taken by Klaus Stavenow, Filderstadt.

The population of beautiful old beechtrees in the former park of the castle is remarkable. On this photograph one of them almost hides the rests of the a.m. little tower.

This photograph proves, that the castle was most likely built in the direct neighbourhoot of river Löcknitz for reasons of natural protection and defence.

Photograph taken by Klaus Stavenow, Filderstadt.

Photograph taken by Klaus Stavenow, Filderstadt.

To me this photograph is very impressive: the old moat was uncovered. It shows the bridge across the moate with two door columns. The two lamps crowning them are covered as a protection against wind and weather. The wrought-iron-made gate was found below tons of grabble. It was restaured and in the meantime brought back to the place where it belongs.

Let me ad a literary historical highlight which I found in the chronicle of Karstädt: (see the chapter "Where is the hamlet Stavenow located ?")

In the eventful history of Stavenow the family "von Kleist" owned Stavenow almost during the whole of the 18th century. More precisely: From 1720 to the year 1809.

Friedrich Wilhelm von Kleist served in the cuirassierregiment in Driesen as a major. Most likely, the german poet Lessing got to know Friedrich Wilhelm von Kleist during his time in Breslau as he did with many other Prussian officers. However between those two an amicable relationship arouse. Lessing is said to have been in Stavenow on several occations. The fate of Major von Kleist seems to be the living example for Major von Tellheim in Lessings drama "Minna von Barnhelm" Be that as it may: This drama was performed in Stavenow castle on the occasion of the major's silver wedding.

If you are interested in the history of Stavenow Castle: Mr. Torsten Fölsch working at the office of the authorities for the protection of historic buildings and monuments in Perleberg has written a most remarkable scientific paper describing the history of Stavenow Castle its inhabitants and construction.

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