"Three large ponds and four small ones interrupt the park's green areas; water lilies float dreamily on smooth surfaces while the brooks babble softly. Everything, simply everything fills the heart with reverence"
(H. Wedemann: Chronik von Bendeleben, Sondershausen, 1899
The Roman bath is the only cascading structure of its kind in Thuringia. It was restored in 2015 by the regional office for monument maintenance (Landesamt für Denkmalpflege) with support from the municipality of Bendeleben. (Photographer: U. Behr).
Although the Bendeleben Palace Park broke with the tradition of the formal baroque garden, Johann Jacob von Uckermann (1718-1781) adopted a few baroque style elements like this Roman bath when the new park was laid out. You barely notice it at the ponds, but here you can clearly see that water is always flowing through the park. Starting with the spring-fed ponds, the seven bodies of water were installed on terraces. After the water flows through all the ponds, it enters the Siedebach.
General Map of Bendeleben Palace Park
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From time to time the ponds have to be freed of the sludge that accumulates in them. For that purpose, they have to be drained. The flow of water is regulated at the "riser". In early 2017 the three sludge ponds were de-sludged.
Cascade structure of a pond: The sludge was hauled out over rails and spread on the fields to serve as fertilizer. (Photographer: Baron von Krause, 1930s)
Do you recognize the inconspicuous riser in the middle of the photo? The water level can be regulated with this wooden construction, which is anchored at the deepest point of the pond. (Photographer: L. Koch)
The water bubbles up out of the Roman bath and runs into the stream. (Photographer: U. Behr).