Bauhistorisches Fenster 13

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Historic Window 13

On the uppermost floor of the castle keep, a chapel was later cut off through the installation of half-timbered partition walls. Now that this construction is no longer in place, the murals on the masonry of the keep can be made out particularly well. Underneath the altar near the window on the east side, a coat of arms refers to the Archbishops of Trier, Kuno von Falkenstein (13621388) and Werner von Falkenstein (13881418) as constructors of the building.

This room was also renovated at the end of the 17th century. The large window openings come from this time and were grey, emphasised by a black outline. At the beginning of the 20th century the murals of the mediaeval chapel were discovered and exposed. Since then, it has been restored several times.

Both areas are around 2.70 metres high. The one on the north wall measures 2.40 metres wide and the one on the east wall is 2.70 metres. It is a many-layered lime secco, which was carried out on top of two white lime-wash layers on top of the plaster. Classification due to the art-historical references confirms it came into existence in the second half of the 14th century. The figurative representation begins above a 1.27-metre-high base area, decorated with a hanging painting and includes the soffit of the window recess.

At the apex of the window recess Christ as Pantocrator, surrounded by the four evangelist symbols is represented. Three apostles, opposite each other are depicted on the soffits. Due to the condition of preservation, only the Eastern apostle on the north side can definitely be identified as Saint Peter, due to his attribute, the key; and on the south side, the western apostle, who is holding a knife in his right hand and removed skin in his left hand, can be identified as Bartholomew. To the right of the window Saint Laurence is depicted in the painted architecture next to the founding figures above the wall recess.

Of the six pictures of women on the north wall, Saint Catherine can be identified by her characteristic wooden wheel, Saint Margaret by the devil figure sitting at her feet and Saint Dorothea due to her basket.

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