(active 12th century in Alsace)

View of the castle

12th century
Ulrichsburg, Ribauville

Residential and defensive buildings were amongst the most important items of medieval secular architecture. Their austere character originated in the fortified towns and castles where the areas of residence and defence were brought into maximum functional harmony with one another.

The principles of castle building were determined by the nature of the landscape. The ground plan at Ulrichsburg (Château de Saint-Ulrich) has been completely adapted to the mountainous site. Extended in the twelfth century with the addition of, amongst other things, a keep, it ranks as one of the best examples of Staufen castle building.

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