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August 21, 2016

Clearly More About Action Packed Drama Than About History Lessons…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Taking a look around the Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany, reveals many surprises.

Slightly to the left of the castle I find a jousting ring!

Apparently special shows are put on at the castle every summer complete with medieval tournaments and entertainment.

On the side closest to me are spectator stands of the specific type called “tribunes” (pronounced “trib-bune-nurs)” and for which I can not think of the English equivalent at the moment.

They have been dismantled insofar as usually there would be long, heavy planks over these metal platforms, giving cheap but practical viewing options when catering to larger crowds of people.

On the day I visited the seating planks were missing, but in the centre there is a central platform, half way up from which I was able to snap a few shots. I use the zoom lens to peer under the canopied stalls on the other side of the paddock, from what I can make out they too are filled with tribunes.

On the castle’s website there are many photographs of medieval festivals in full swing, with crowds of people and lots of action taking place so clearly it’s a far bigger event (or series of events) than I first thought it to be. It’s an interesting thought that in the 21st Century there are still more or less permanent jousting rings set up, but this one is definitely more about action packed drama and choreographed theatre than about history lessons.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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