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Finkenstein Castle Arena

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HISTORY

First mentioned in an act of 1142, the castle initially belonged to the Carinthia estates belonging to the prince-bishops of Bamberg and was included in their local courtesies. After the extinction of the Carinthia Finkensteins in the early 14th century - a cadet branch of the family called the Finck von Finckenstein rose to prominence in East Prussia, possibly after participating in the Third Crusade - the estate returned to the Dukes of Carinthia, held by the House of Habsburg since 1335.

Since the end of the 18th century, it was no longer inhabited and decayed; only ruins remain. Rebuilt several times, the oldest preserved parts of the castle ruins date back to 12th century Romanesque architecture.

WHY THIS PLACE

The Arena is housed in a ruined medieval castle in the market town of Finkenstein. It is situated on a steep cliff in the southern foothills of the Karawanks range, above Lake Faak, at a height of 788 meters (2,585 feet).

CURIOSITIES

Today the ruin of the castle is the backdrop for the Burgarena, an 1150-seat amphitheater used mainly for concerts and festivals. Names like Monserat Caballé, José Carreras and Placido Domingo have already performed there.

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