The collection of the Margraves of Baden

Spoils from the Wars of the Ottoman Empire between the 16th and 18th centuries, commonly known as the Turkish Wars, have found their way into secular and sacred treasuries and collections and libraries throughout all of Europe, with examples appearing in Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Moscow, Dresden, Munich and Karlsruhe.  The Karlsruhe Türkenbeute collection (Turkish spoils of war) stands out as a prominent example among these collections.

The trophy collection owes its thanks to the successful participation of Baden’s margraves in the Ottoman Empire Wars, and above all to Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden-Baden. His victories over the Ottomans in the decade after the Battle of Vienna in 1683 earned him the nickname Türkenlouis and made him very famous among his people.