ⓘ Belmont Castle, Graubunden

                                     

ⓘ Belmont Castle, Graubunden

Belmont Castle was built in the 10th or 11th century for the Freiherr von Belmont. The first recorded member of the family was Lutefridus de Belmonte in 1137/39. The Belmont family was related to a number of other Raetian noble families including the powerful von Vaz. By the 13th century they were one of the most powerful families in Graubunden. They owned castles and villages throughout the region. Konrad von Belmont was the Bishop of Chur from 1273 until 1282. In 1267 Heinrich von Belmont was the first student from Raetia to study at University of Bologna. By 1200 the Belmonts appear to have moved to another castle near Castrisch and then to Tuma Casti by Domat/Ems, probably leaving a bailiff or vogt at Belmont.

In 1352 Ulrich Walter von Belmont led a successful uprising against the counts of Werdenberg-Heiligenberg. Together with the armies of Montalt and Rhazuns families they broke Werdenberg-Heiligenberg army in Mundaun Ilanz near. In retaliation, shortly after Werdenberg army Ilanz burned to the ground. It is not known whether Belmont castle was also attacked and destroyed or have been bypassed, but at the end of the 14th century it fell into ruins. 11 Jul 1371 Ulrich Walter von Belmont died childless and the lands of Belmont was inherited Montalt and Sax-Misox families. In 1380 sax-Misox family traded the ruins of the castle of Belmonte, as well as other lands in Brun von Rhazuns. After the trade, the castle was left abandoned and continued to deteriorate.

From 1932 to 1936, the ruins were excavated and repaired.