Cape Arkona (German: Kap Arkona) is a cape on the island o Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Cape Arkona is the tip o the Wittow peninsula, juist a few kilometres north o the Jasmund National Park.
The temple fortress o Arkona, the day cried Jaromarsburg, wis the releegious centre o the Slavic Rani in the Early Middle Ages. The temple wis dedicatit tae the deity Svantevit, who wis depictit wi fower heids. The temple hoosed an important horse oracle in Slavic times, whaur the behaviour o a white stallion coud decide peace or war (horse oracles hae a lang history in this region, being awready attestit in the writins o Tacitus).
The fortress at Arkona wis destroyed in 1168 bi Dens invaders (see Absalon). The sanctuary o Slavic god Svantevit wis an aa destroyed. This event precedit the forced Christianization o the region's inhabitants.
There are twa auld lichthooses at the cape, ane constructed in 1827, the ither ane in 1902. The umwhile is ane o the auldest still existin lichthooses o the Baltic Sea. It wis constructit bi the famous architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
See an aw
- Pomeranie durin the Early Middle Ages
- Pomeranie durin the Late Middle Ages
- Conversion o Pomeranie
- Rani (Slavic tribe)
- Principality o Rügen