Amidst an innocent garden, like the one of the Sleeping Beauty, the impressive Englar Castle is located.
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Above San Michele/Appiano, Englar Castle is situated, nestled in a wonderful park. On a small hill next to it, the small castle church dedicated to St. Sebastian can be found.
The name Englar derives from the medieval term “in glara”, what means “in the gravel valley”. In the past, there were many mudslides in this area, as the Furglauer torrent flowed very close by.
At the end of the Middle Ages, the castle was the seat of the noble family Firmian from the Oltradige. Christof von Firmian wanted to build the castle for his only son Bartholomew in 1470, but died before its completion (1486). In 1528 the western wing was added. The building of the St. Sebastian Church started around 1450.
Knight Bartholomew of Firmian died in 1528, by marriage the castle came into the possession of Count Kaspar Thun. His son Arbogast sold Englar Castle to the family of the Counts of Khuen. Since then they have been the owners of this wonderful residence and also welcome guests to their house.
The construction of the castle is a bit atypical. The unusual high, steep and “Nordic” looking hipped roof is striking. Englar Castle is considered to be the purest Gothic castle in South Tyrol. The manifestations of South Tyrolean late Gothic (1450 - 1550) run through windows, doors, oriels and the vault on the ground floor.
In the castle courtyard, wall remains of an additional building from the 17th century can be seen, which was never completed. Today the walls serve as a tournament garden or as a setting for celebrations. The outbuildings surrounding the castle courtyard today serve as stables, granaries and barns.