Irmelshausen
?Schloss, Bibra, Schloß, Irmelshausen, Veste Irmelshausen

Germany (Franconia), Irmelshausen.  The location of Irmelshausen is first mentioned in the year 800 when
Emhild, the Abbess of Milz and a relative of Charlemagne, gave the village to the Counts of Henneberg.  In
1354 upon the marriage of Countess Elisabeth with the Count Eberhard von Württenberg, the village was sold
to the Bishopric of Würzburg. Twenty-two years later the bishopric transferred it to Berthold von Bibra.  Since
that time it has been greatly enlarged and been one the main seats of the Bibra family.  Parts of the castle were
previously taller but during a remodeling in 1854 the half timbered sections were lowered to the present height.

Until recently it was the site of the family archives.  Fortunately, the family archives were moved to Irmelshausen
prior to the Peasants Rebellion.  Through diplomacy it avoided being attacked and destroyed in either the
Peasants War of 1525 or the Thirty Year War of 1618-48 when almost all of the surrounding castles were taken
and sacked.  It is said that the first enemy soldier to enter the castle was on April 8, 1945 during World War II.  
American Col. Vennard Wilson was served tea, noted the contents of the castle and ordered it off limits to
troops.

Besides the five sided castle, the late gothic church with it numerous and beautiful Bibra gravestones from the
16th and 17th centuries is worth visiting.  Among the graves at the church is that of Hans von Bibra (1547-1581)
who is the common ancestor of all living Bibras.
?Schloss, Bibra, Schloß, Irmelshausen, Veste Irmelshausen