Burg Griffen

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burg griffen

Burg Griffen is a castle on a 130m high limestone mountain above the town of Griffen in the Austrian state of Carinthia. The castle was built between 1124 and 1146 by order of Bishop Otto of Bamberg. In an 1160 deed, Emperor Friedrich I mentioned Grivena as a Bamberg property.
In 1520 a large reconstruction of the castle took place as a protection against the threat posed by the Ottoman forces with a base amounted of about 4000 sqm, though the Turks never laid siege to Griffen.
In 2000 the preservation of the castle began. A steep footpath leads up the mountain to the ruins.

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Location
Griffen, Carinthia, Austria
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Built
12th century

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