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This sketch shows Nuremberg’s castle (Burg) and the buildings of the imperial city. Built on a high sandstone rock overlooking Nuremberg, this was the residence of the Holy Roman Emperor, the Kings of Germany and their court. Nuremberg Castle is particularly important in the history of the Empire as it was the meeting place for all Imperial Diets (formal assemblies).
Turner pictures the site from the northern Vestnertorgraben. The ramparts are seen in the foreground of the sketch, inscribed at bottom right with the word ‘Stone’. From left to right the Kaiserberg, Sinwell Tower and the Kaiserstallung can be seen, with the Tiergärtnertor depicted in the sky above. Turner has annotated the sketch with various notes: ‘Der Ziegen | Thurn’ | ‘und de Kisserstellung’ (i.e. the ‘Tiergärtnertor’ and ‘Kaiserstallung’) and ‘der Burg nordlich’ (‘the northerly castle’).