»A Symbol of Power Built in Stone«
The first part of the permanent exhibition in the Lower Castle is dedicated to the eventful history of the medieval castle and its building. Parallel to that, there is a second level that –by means of the sooted kitchens, huge knights’ halls and gloomy cellar vaults – demonstrates to visitors what everyday life was like at a castle. After pressing its tummy button, “Frieder Berg”, the 800-year-old donjon, will tell the little ones what he has experienced and seen at the castle so far. It's fun listening to for all the family!
»The Messages of the Saints –
Carved Sacral Art from Five Centuries«
The exhibition »The Messages of the Saints« on show in the castle chapel and the adjoining vaulted archive shows sacral sculptures from five centuries. About 30, partially high-value sacral statuaries from Leisnig and surroundings are on display. Centerpieces of the collection are the late-Gothic winged altar from Pappendorf and the Gruenlichtenberg Crucifix.
»Captured – Tortured – Executed«
At the time when Mildenstein Castle was still a Wettin office, the local bailiff was responsible for the lower judiciary. The opper judiciary and the blood court were exercised by the sovereign.
The exhibition area »Captured – Tortured – Executed« provides an insight into the judiciary of the Middle Ages, the kinds of punishment as well as of the execution of judgments. Today, nothing can be felt anymore of the cruel methods of torture that delinquents once had to suffer at Mildenstein Castle. Upon introducing imprisonment in Saxony at the beginning of the 19th century, a prison was installed at the castle, which was in use until 1952.
»Leisnig – Ex Officio«
Over centuries, the castle served as a Wettin office, that is - in a more modern sense - as an authority.
Apart from exercising the judiciary, the office was in charge of organizing service in warfare as well as the administration of duties and forced labor, which the subjects were obliged to render towards the sovereign. Moreover, the bailiff also oversaw the management of the manors and properties directly belonging to the office.
The exhibition provides an insight into the relationship between the population and the office. Apart from the exhibition areas described, there are further rooms reporting of important events or people that had a decisive impact on the history of the venerable castle.
Come and explore the changeful history of the almost one-millennium-old castle which is still holding one secret or the other for us behind its thick walls!
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