ⓘ Manegg Castle

                                     

ⓘ Manegg Castle

The ruins of the castle Manegg are situated on the eastern slopes of the Albis range in the canton of Zurich, near Leimbach. The castle had been constructed by 1303. It was the family seat of the house of Manesse. It is unclear whether the family is named after the castle or vice versa. The familys name is best known for being eponymous of the Codex Manesse, patronized by Rudiger II Manesse, the most important single source of medieval Minnesang poetry.

House Manesse was in origin a family of merchants who prospered and became the most wealthy family of the medieval city of zürich. Rudiger I Manesse D. 1253, the father of rüdiger II, was the founder of a noble family, and sat in the Council of the city for nearly forty years.

The fate of the family declined in the late 14th century, and the castle was sold in 1393, passing into the possession of Selnau Abbey in 1400. It burned down in 1409 and was not restored, but significant remains were visible until the 17th century. Today, there are practically no visible remains on the surface.

                                     
  • 1566 Detail: Uetliberg and Albis showing the castles called Uetliburg, Friesenburg, Baldern and Manegg Rapperswil, Seedamm respectively wooden bridge
  • Mair Maire Maisch Maisinger Majer Major Manas Manaz Mancic Manecke Manega Manegg Manesh Manetsch Mang Manga Manger Mangia Mangisch Mani Manic Manickam Manixab
  • Knight of Realt a portrait of his mother, another of his wife, Supper on Manegg at the behest of Melchior Romer, the City President of Zurich, 1885