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Ziesar Castle, former seat of the bishops of Brandenburg

Ziesar Castle near Brandenburg is a treasure of medieval religious and cultural history. The castle museum opened in 2005 with the permanent exhibition "Paths to the Heavenly City: Bishops, Faith, Dominion (800-1550)".
Formerly a bishop's residence, Ziesar Castle is now a fascinating museum presenting the religious and cultural history of Brandenburg in the Middle Ages. It explores the historical connections between Christianisation, emerging power structures and statehood. The bishops of Brandenburg lived at Ziesar Castle for 200 years, from the mid-14th century to the Reformation in the mid-16th century.
The exhibition looks back on the Golden Age of Ziesar Castle, when it was the seat of the bishops, and also provides an insight into the remarkable architectural history of the castle, which is one of the most important examples of brick-built architecture in northern Germany.
The whole exhibition centres around the castle itself, which was first mentioned in official documents in 948. The castle chapel contains impressive, beautifully preserved frescos from around 1500. Jerusalem Hall is the most important part of the tour as it houses the permanent exhibition "Paths to the Heavenly City: Bishops, Faith, Dominion (800-1550)". It contains some beautiful tracery work and wall painting surrounding the windows, figures of saints, large-scale religious motifs and two medieval underfloor heating systems. The room measures almost 200 square metres and has a unique atmosphere, with the late-Gothic murals giving it its special aura, while a son et lumière installation, specially designed for the space, adds to the dramatic effect. Closed on Mondays.



A2, B107, train station: Brandenburg, bus service