This is the second part of an ongoing project which follows a patch of land through the ages. Each model shows typical buildings of the time.
Almost 200 years ago, stairs were cut into the mountain, allowing an easy ascend to the castle. This simplified trading a lot.
The wind mill is a recent invention and helped to keep up with the demands of the growing populace.
Little has changed in the monastry, but it importance begins to dwindle.
The village has grown into a town, secured by a town wall. A bridge near the old water mill makes it possible to cross the river more easily, which furthered the importance of the town's market. A fee is extracted for passing the bridge.
As the village grew, a graveyard and a chapel were built.
Eventually it was decided to stress the town's importance by building a cathedral. The nave being 12m wide and 50m long and the tower standing 65m tall, it might not be the biggest cathedral around, but it sure is a sight to behold.
Next to the cathedral the old marketplace is located. We are lucky: the circus is in town!
The port has been extended and storage building have been built. A lighthouse guides the ships safely to the town. The bigger ships of these days though are no longer capable of sailing into the port. They have to be unloaded into smaller boats, which is a tedious procedure. The town council will have to make amendmends soon.
150 years ago, there had been an attempt to mine ores from the mountain. The originally promissing site was quickly exhausted. It has been claimed occasionally that the earl hides his house's treasure in it, but today the mine is largely forgotten.
The castle has not changed much. Its favorable position left it untouched by armed conflict. Being mostly interested in hunting in the neighboring forest, none of the earls managed to gain significantly more influence that would demand a more representative castle. Castles, of course, aren't and never were particularly comfortable and the current earl might have an idea to two for the future.
While this is an LDD model, care was taken to make it buildable, providing a frame made from technic bricks.
At more than 1900 pieces, this diorama is quite a bit larger than the earlier one. It was actually built first and stripped down for the predecessor model.