Thoriun wrote:I saw the images and visit the site, i thing it's a great idea. In europe there are lots os old castles and several medieval buildings that are in ruins, maybe rebuilding some of them if not all it would be a great thing. It would creat jobs if nothing else.
I have to disagree here.
Firstly it would be way too expensive (who would pay so much money for several thousands castles?) and secondly it would rather destroy and deface what is left of the past. Of course there are some really good examples, where a castle has been restored really nicely, but in most cases the result is more than shocking.
Take a look at the castles along the Rhine. I know that many people like them, but some of them really offend my eye like Stolzenfels for example. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolzenfels_Castle
or, a more modern sin, Bensberg near Cologne http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burg_Bensberg
and what about Schoenburg castle? Many old and really beautiful frescoes were destroyed just fore an elevator. [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schönburg_(Rhein)[/url]
Personally I think it is better to preserve than to restore, as the loss is/would be permanent and not worth the effort. I think that many ruins give off much more fascination and imagination than a preserved castle could ever do. Spend the money on research and computer models rather than fancy, pseudo-medieval buildings just for entertaining the masses.
Believe me, there is nothing better than driving through the Eifel (as it is quite near to my place, of course it can be somewhere else in Europe) in autumn, when it is really cold and foggy, and you climb a mountain with an old ruin on top of it and the silhouette slowly emerges out of the fog and you are alone. The only thing you hear is the cold wind, a buzzard or maybe an owl is calling from somewhere and suddenly you travel back in time and you are really awestrucked by the mastery of our ancestors. I seldom had that feeling at a restored castle, as they tend to be overcrowded (museum, hotel, youth-hostel, etc). So, let the ruins be ruins and enjoy their natural beauty.