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Heidelberg Castle Photos

From: Heidelberg Castle - Schloss Heidelberg

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photoTake a moment to admire the carvings on the Elisabeth Gate, which was built in 1615 as a present from Elector Frederic V to his wife Elisabeth Stuart, the daughter of King James I of England.

According to legend, the triumphal arch was built in sections, erected overnight, and presented to Elisabeth the next morning as a surprise birthday gift.

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