We decided to take the official tour of the castle. It was a actually a bit disappointing. I guess part this has to do with how international this site is. So in order to accommodate so many people with so many language, things have to be done in different ways. In this case, you receive a set of head phone attached to a player. You select the channel that gives you all the information in your selected language and the guide just walks you to each room. The guide doesn’t really any anything to the tour.
Regardless, as is my custom, I was determined to make the most of the situation. Our first stop was the room that contained information about the rulers, I mean the bishops and cardinals, of the castle.
check out the name…
The room was lined with pictures of each bishop/cardinal and a replica of any improvements made to the castle during their reign. Remember, for a long time the cardinal was essentially a prince who ruled over territory. He was the spiritual and temporal ruler. Pretty absolute in authority. Not a bad a gig if you can get it.
I loved hearing about this guy:
He had a pleasant disposition (not!) and so he was given the nickname the turnip. Well, to get back at his enemies, he took on the symbol as part of his crest. You see his crest all over the castle as he made a ton of improvements to the castle.
Here’s another neat thing – a statue of a cardinal…
looks like he is either conducting or just spilled a tray, what do you think?
After the bishop/cardinal room, we went to the room that held torture devices.
Hmm, we were shown the room with powerful figures and then shown the room with torture devices. I wonder if there is any connect between power and torture? Hmmmmmmmmmm.