Castle ruins Salons in Schlans
castle site on a steep rock head above Schlans, on the way to the Maiensässen.
castle site on a steep rock head above Schlans, on the way to the Maiensässen. On the mountain side deep ditch. Some remnants of a former important castle complex. In the north-east corner of the area, the foundations of a possibly never completed square tower made of megalithic blocks. On the west side over abrupt rock fall remnants of the gate complex; conical corridor, formerly accessible via wooden walkway. Considerable remnants of the ring wall in the Northwest and Southwest. Here traces of two subsequently attached trusses or support pillars. Inside the castle area next to the tower remains mentioned are still traces of a square house. The Megalithurm probably belongs to the early 13th century. Some parts of the bering are likely to be younger. The considerable extent of the castle and its location in the high-altitude clearing area above Schlans point more to the centre of Schlan's small Allodial rule than the very modest tower near the village. The hall name "Plaun da Plaids" east of the castle, which designates a courthouse, supports this presumption. The lordship of Schlan only appeared in the springs in the 14th century, after it had passed from the now extinct lords of Schlans-Grünenfels to the Montalt. In 1357, when Henry of Montalt transferred the castle of Schlan stoh with all the goods and rights to his brother-in-law, the baron Ulrich Walter of Belmont, in order to receive it back as a leibgeding, the castles of Schlans/Salons and Grünenfels already formed a stately unit. Schlans thus divided the fate of Grünenfels in the late Middle Ages, which in turn was to be dissolved in 1378 in the Rhaeto-rich rule of Jörgenberg. The castle of Salons may have been abandoned in the course of the 14th century. The former fortress is still reminiscent of the name "Val Casti" which is attached to the Tobel near the castle.
(captured by Regiun Surselva)
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