Schwarzenstein Castle Ruins, Obersaxen
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High above the rocks that fall down to the bottom of the Vorderrhein, the ruins of Schwarzenstein Castle are perched; not visible from the Obersaxer Terrace, but easily accessible.
From the ruins of the castle you look down into the valley and over to Breil/Brigels. Significant parts of the castle are still recognizable today. These are divided into a west and an east wing, with a spacious courtyard area in between. In the case of the remains of the wall, interesting details are observed. The access was bold, but is still accessible today.
The name Schwarzenstein is not associated with any noble family. The castle, like the others in the territory of Obersaxen, will have been a foundation of the barons of Rhäzüns, for in 1289 it was in their possession. The rather careless masonry suggests that the castle was built relatively late (mid-13th century), although it is believed to have been abandoned some 100 years later.
(captured by Regiun Surselva)
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