• Heidelberg Castle

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/24/2021 - 20:54

    Heidelberg Castle must have been very beautiful before the French battered and bruised and scorched it two hundred years ago. The stone is brown, with a pinkish tint, and does not seem to stain easily. The dainty and elaborate ornamentation upon its two chief fronts is as delicately carved as if it had been intended for the interior of a drawing-room rather than for the outside of a house. Many fruit and flower clusters, human heads and grim projecting lions' heads are still as perfect in every detail as if they were new. But the statues which are ranked between the windows have suffered.

  • Nimrod's Fortress (Castle of Banias)

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/24/2021 - 21:51

    Sam and the pilgrims camped at "Jonesborough" on September 16, 1867, having departed from Damascus that morning. This is reported to be the location of Nimrod's burial place. The Quaker City Itinerary calls the site Kefr Hauwar. This site name does not occur in any Google maps I have found but it is mentioned in many documents from the era. Of special interest was the entry in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, Volume 26, page 45. The location mapped is certainly not correct. It is more likely located about half way between Baniyas and Damascus.

  • Hornberg Castle

    Submitted by scott on Sun, 10/24/2021 - 22:43

    Hornberg Castle (German: Burg Hornberg) is a partially ruined castle located on a steep outcrop above the Neckar valley above the village Neckarzimmern, between Bad Wimpfen and Mosbach. It is the largest and oldest of the castles in the valley.