ⓘ Blauenstein

                                     

ⓘ Blauenstein

Blauenstein is a castle fort on a rocky outcrop north of Kleinlutzel, Switzerland.

The castle was probably built in the thirteenth century and destroyed in 1411 by the forces of Basel during the war Neuenstein. There are only a few walls remain today. The castle suffered further damage in the 1356 Basel earthquake.

As it was at the junction of important Roman pass Blauenbergkette, city Kleinlutzel offers a Roman origin for the castle.

One description of the castle was delivered in such a way, from a book published in 1841: ".three castles Blauenstein, Bechburg, and Falkenstein. In ancient times they were inhabited by three powerful barons, who were all warriors, and combined together to preserve passages that lead in different directions in Switzerland, entirely in their own hands. They will not suffer any man, whatever might be their station, to pass without paying a toll, which they chose to gather with passengers and cargo, in accordance with their own pleasure. They were, in fact, no better than the leaders of the camp of bandits, for they did not spare anyone, and their imposts were, in particular, charged to merchants who brought their goods on this route from a distant land. If anyone offers protest or resistance, he was imprisoned without hope for salvation, and that no one should elude their tyranny, they kept the gates in the walls that they put up at the foot of the cliffs, through narrow passages, constantly closed, so that day or night that no one could pass without their permission.”