• Short Summary

    ART TREASURES WERE DESTROYED LAST NIGHT (THURSDAY) IN A FIRE AT LANGENBURG CASTLE, WUERTTEMBERG, WEST GERMANY.

  • Description

    ART TREASURES WERE DESTROYED LAST NIGHT (THURSDAY) IN A FIRE AT LANGENBURG CASTLE, WUERTTEMBERG, WEST GERMANY. THIS IS THE SEAT OF THE HOUSE OF HOHENLOHE - LANGENBURG, TO WHICH PRINCE PHILIP IS RELATED.

    HE IS A REGULAR VISITOR TO THE CASTLE, WHICH BELONGS TO PRINCE KRAFT OF HOHENLOHE-LANGENBURG, HIS NEPHEW.

    FIREMEN FOUGHT THE FLAMES, BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY A CHIMNEY FIRE, FOR MORE THAN SEVEN HOURS. THEY THEN BROUGHT THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL. THEY WERE AIDED BY HAVING A CLEAR OPERATIONS PLAN WORKED OUT IN AN EXERCISE LAST SUMMER. BUT WATER MAINS WERE FROZEN SOLID, AND WATER WAS TAKEN FROM A HOLE SAWN INT HE 18-INCH THICK ICE OF THE NEARBY RIVER JAGST.

    THE CASTLE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS IN WEST GERMANY. AMONG TREASURES BROUGHT SAFELY DOWN A FIREMAN'S LADDER WAS THE OLDEST GERMAN PRINTED BIBLE. THE HISTORIC ARCHIVES WERE ALSO SAVED, BUT OTHER LIBRARIES WERE DESTROYED. THE CONTENTS WERE ESTIMATED AT NEARLY 3M MARKS, ABOUT GBP268,000.

    LANGENBURG LIES OFF THE SO-CALLED "ROMANTIC ROAD," WHICH RUNS FROM WARTSBURG TO AUGSBURG AND IS ON THE FRINGES OF THE BAVARIAN ALPS. THE CASTLE WAS BUILT IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY, WAS CONSIDERABLY ENLARGED IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY, AND HAD SINCE BEEN LARGELY REBUILT AND RESTORED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA52NR1O4OWAFE6TBH3WUAGVJLP
    Media URN:
    VLVA52NR1O4OWAFE6TBH3WUAGVJLP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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