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    The Palatine Wine Club offers selection from the best, family-owned vineyards of the Saale-Ustrut region. Delivered to you monthly from the one thousand years old cellars of Kloster Zscheiplitz!
    Zscheiplitz began its life as a small Slavonic settlement on top of the hill overlooking the river valley – some time in the 7-9th century AD.
    Subjugated by the Frankish military might, it became a residence of the Imperial palatine count Friedrich of Saxony. In 1041 he built his Weissenburg residence here.

    In 1085 Friedrich's widow Adelheid donated the estate to the church. In 1089 Zscheiplitz became the Benedictine monastery. Saint Martin of Tour was its patron saint; the church, dedicated to him was erected soon thereafter and is the oldest one in the region of Unstrut valley.

    After the Reformation and subsequent dissolution of the monastery in the mid 16th century the estate passed to the hands of private owners. Fields and forests, churches, vineyards and mills – all together the property formed a unique socio-economic universum, preserved despite political turbulence and wars.

    Napoleon was an unwelcome guest here in October 1813, turning Zscheiplitz into a fortified artillery position in support of his retreating armies. Perhaps the biggest challenge to the village since the times of marauding Magyars in the 10th century was the neglect and disrepair of the Communist times. Deprived of any sort of repair over the period of more than fifty years it became almost totally ruined, with hollowed roofs, crumbling plaster and declining population. With virtually no one willing to take the responsibility for its future the castle was in danger of disappearing from the map of cultural and architectural heritage altogether.

    10 th.B.C. 900 A.D.
    920 A.D. 1085 A.D.
    1085 A.D. 1560 A.D.
    Archeological data shows, that the first human settlement appeared here in late Neolith, some 10 thousand years ago.
    In early 9th century the first wave of the Frankish colonisation has reached Unstrut – by then a Slavonic land, inhabited by peoples with cultural, ethnic and genetic identity similar to that of today's Sorbs and Czechs.

    Zscheiplitz was destined to become a central point of Frankish expansion in the area East of Thuringia. Sometime in early 10th century it became a place of permanent residence of the family, which ruled the area on behalf of German Kings and Holy Roman Emperors of the Ottoman dynasty – the counts of Goseck, Counts Palatine of Saxony, a cadet branch of the Wettin dynasty.
    Named Weissenburg – White Fortress – the residence remained in the hands of the Goseck family until the death of Friedrich III. According to the Reinhardsbrunn Chronicle he was murdered by the orders of his rival for power, wealth and influence – count Ludwig of Thuringia. After his brief imprisonment Ludwig has wed Friedrich's wife Adelheid, who, in atonement of her sins, donated the residence and the land around it to the order of St. Bernard.
    1945 A.D. 2008 A.D.
    1560 A.D. 1945 A.D.
    The ruins of the manor was acquired by the von Hahn family, direct descendants of count Burchard I von Goseck through maternal line and thus related to both Count Palatine Friedrich III and count Ludwig of Thuringia.
    2008 A.D. 2021 A.D.
    Before the land reform of 1949 the manor was owned by the Bila family, then, collectively, by 12 refugee families from the eastern parts of Germany.
    By early 2000s the manor was on the brink catastrophe having lost two of its five roofs, all of its facade-and interior decorations, ovens and fire places, with dilapidated electric cabling, broken water pipes, rotten floors, broken windows and doors.

    The Nunnery of Zscheiplitz was dissolved in 1540-s, with the death of its last inhabitant. The village and the estate became a property of prince Moritz of Saxony who created Zscheiplitz Manor to be owned exclusively by the nobility of the land (RITTERGUT). Only slightly affected by the retreat of Napoleon of France, who positioned his artillery on Zscheiplitz hill to cover his retreat from Leipzig on October 20 1813, the village was almost untouched by the 20-s century two world wars.

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    Neue heraldische Zusammensetzung enthüllt

    Nach der Annahme des neuen Familienwappens im Jahr des Herrn 2020, das geändert wurde, um das Erbe der Freiherren von Knabenau widerzuspiegeln und zu bewahren, wurde die neue heraldische Komposition in Auftrag gegeben, um eine solche Änderung darzustellen.

    Nach gebührender Berücksichtigung von Künstlern aus Polen, Frankreich und Deutschland wurde ein spanischer Künstler für die Ausführung der Komposition ausgewählt – Nikolai Lopez Pomar aus der Stadt Palma De Mallorca.

    Der 2002 geborene Nikolai hat sich bereits als aufstrebender Stern der heraldischen Kunst etabliert und schuf komplexe, vielschichtige Kompositionen im Stil spanischer Renaissance-Wandmalereien und Pietra-Dura-Tafeln italienischer Kirchen und Paläste. Nikolais Wappenzeichnungen integrieren Elemente unterschiedlicher Herkunft und heraldischer Traditionen, harmonisiert durch klangliche Einheitlichkeit und grafische Reinheit.
    AvH: Was waren die Herausforderungen bei der Gestaltung der heraldischen Komposition für die Familie Hahn-Weißenburg?

    NLP: Sowohl das Hahn- als auch das Knabenau-Wappen gehören zur frühesten heraldischen Tradition. Hahns Wappen ist relativ einfach, nur zwei Farben und eine Wappenfigur; Knabenau ist etwas komplexer und spiegelt ein komplexes Familienerbe mit drei Farben wider. Insgesamt fünf Farben und vier Wappenfiguren. Die Kombination dieser beiden Arme in einer Komposition war eine ziemliche Herausforderung: sich aufbäumendes Pferd, Ritter mit Banner, Schild, Mantel – und alles in Dynamik, in Bewegung. Dies erforderte ein gewisses Maß an Improvisation. Damit meine ich digitale Methoden der Farbwiedergabe – meiner Meinung nach ein wirklich gutes Beispiel dafür, wie mittelalterliche ikonografische Traditionen und Kunst der neuen Ära zusammenkommen, um eine neue Form der Heraldik zu schaffen.

    AvH: Was ist Ihrer Meinung nach die Zukunft der Heraldik, digital oder traditionell?

    NLP: Ich denke, dass die Zukunft der Heraldik zweierlei ist: Die traditionelle Kunst wird nicht sterben und neben der modernen Heraldik weiter existieren, weniger starr, zugänglich, vielleicht weniger formal, aber zugänglicher für Amateurkünstler, die bereit sind, zu improvisieren, um sich zu verbessern ihre Kunst.

    AvH: Glauben Sie, dass die Tradition eine solche „Verbesserung“ überlebt?

    NLP: Ja! Tradition wird immer notwendig sein, wird immer eine Grundlage bilden. Die Heraldik wird sich im digitalen Zeitalter weiterentwickeln und aufblühen, ohne dabei zu vergessen, woher sie kommt.

    AvH: Welche Rolle spielt die Heraldik in der heutigen Welt?

    NLP: Die Heraldik wurde im 13. Jahrhundert „erfunden“, um den Unterschied zwischen der wachsenden Zahl prominenter Familien und Clans zu erkennen. In unserem Zeitalter der Massenproduktion und Strandartisierung wird die Heraldik unerlässlich, um eine starke Aussage über Individualität und Unterscheidung zu machen. Wie bei der Familie Hahn-Weißenburg ist und bleibt das Erbe ein wesentlicher Teil der Geschichte einer Familie über Jahrhunderte und Jahrtausende hinweg.


    Alexander v. Hahn, Mai 2024
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