Rath House (Mechernich)

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Illustration of the House of Rath in Codex Welser
View of the Rath house by Renier Roidkin

The Rath house , also called Marschallsrath , was located between the Mechernich districts of Roggendorf and Strempt in the Euskirchen district in the floodplain of the Bleibach .


A castle was first mentioned in 1312 as the seat of a noble family named after it , whose heir Alveradis von Rode married the hereditary marshal around 1350 . In 1435, the Duke of Jülich gave another hereditary marshal, von Birgel zu Rath, a fiefdom of half of the Mechernich rule , which later became imperial and belonged to the Rath family until 1794. The system was later sold on several times.

Rath was included in the Codex Welser from around 1720 as a noble knight's seat . At that time it was still in good condition as the center of a rulership. It was a two-part complex with a simple three-wing bailey and a large manor house . This was a transverse building with a central tower and two corner towers, which was preceded by a walled courtyard with a corner tower and gatehouse .

As early as the 18th century, the complex was only referred to as an estate . In 1782 the Duke of Arenberg, Ludwig Engelbert von Arenberg , had parts of the roof removed for his other buildings. In 1808, when Jean Joseph Tranchot took the picture, only the rectangular outer moat and a mansion wing remained. In 1853 this remnant was also given up for the construction of the Kall - Mechernich railway line . Some components came to Hausen Castle . The inventory of the castle chapel had already come to the Mechernich parish church in 1771 .


  • Bernhard Gondorf: The castles of the Eifel and their peripheral areas . Bachem, Cologne 1984, ISBN 3-7616-0723-7 , p. 122.
  • Harald Herzog: Castles and palaces, history and typology of the aristocratic seats in the Euskirchen district . Rheinland-Verlag, Cologne 1989, ISBN 3-7927-1226-1 , pp. 412-414.

Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. B. Gondorf: The castles of the Eifel and their peripheral areas , p. 122.

Coordinates: 50 ° 35 ′ 0.2 ″  N , 6 ° 37 ′ 41.2 ″  E