Schwetzingen Castle and Mythology

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Schwetzingen Castle and Mythology:
The Connection
The beauty and history of the grounds at Schwetzingen Castle is unmistakable. There is a deep history part of its roots in mythology. There are over one hundred statues that decorate the property with many that depict some kind of god, hero or representation of something in mythology. There are also many examples of other cultures scattered around the grounds. The way they are portrayed, their faces and poses tell the story of how they were perceived by their creators. The original castle, built in 1350, showed none of the potential that the future grounds would hold. In its beginning, it was merely a small castle with a moat, one of many such structures in Europe at the time. It was the
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We have the desire to know all things, whether for good or for evil. She sat on a rock near Thebes and asked a riddle of all those that passed by. Those that could not answer were killed. She finally committed suicide when Oedipus correctly answered the riddle. In some cultural myths, the sphinx was a guardian to temples and places of importance. I believe that it would have been placed in the garden by the designers to remind people to contemplate all things. The effects that mythology has on our society throughout the years are unmistakable and clearly identifiable. All four characters represented in the gardens of Schwetzingen Castle exhibit traits and values that humans held dear, or held in fear at the time of the Greeks.
A look at a good number of modern day architecture will point to the Greeks. Ancient Greeks came up with a new way to build by using pillars. They were famous for the temples and other holy places that were used to worship their gods. These buildings were beautiful works of art that used the finest materials available in an effort to please the gods. This style of building is still in effect today and has been used in countless structures throughout the world. Some examples of this style are the U.S. Supreme Court building, Louvre Museum of Paris, Jefferson Memorial, the White House, and Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. The Greek revival in architecture was so widely used in the U.S. during the

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