Fire badly damages Renaissance palace

Fire badly damages Renaissance palace
Schloss Ehrenstein on Tuesday. Photo: DPA
A huge fire has caused millions of euros worth of damage to a Renaissance palace in central Germany, parts of which date back more than 1,000 years.

Schloss Ehrenstein in Ordruf, Thuringia, was badly damaged in the blaze which broke out in the middle of the day on Tuesday. Half of the roof was completely destroyed, a police spokeswoman said.

Two of the 22 fire fighters were injured at the scene, where they and more than 100 colleagues tried to contain the blaze.

A Frankish castle with a moat was first built on the site in 531, and the site has seen various incarnations of the building over the centuries including an abbey which was destroyed in a fire in 1184. The present palace dates back to the Renaissance.

From 1956 to 1966 the Soviet army used the buildings as a school but it was then pretty much abandoned.

In 1971 a reconstruction project began and the palace is now museum as well as home to the town library and archive.

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