A castle (from Latin: castellum) is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble.

Harburg Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

The quaint medieval town of Harburg may be small and unassuming, but there is nothing small or unimpressive about its castle! The Harburg Castle is one of the largest, best-preserved castles in all of Germany. Visiting Harburg and the Harburg Castle is like stepping back into the Middle Ages! Harburg is a picturesque town of about 6,000 inhabitants and sits on the Wörnitz River in Bavaria (Bayern) along the famous [...]

By | 2018-02-21T14:28:29+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Château de Caen: Medieval Fortification in France

The Château de Caen is a castle in the Norman town of Caen in the Calvados département (Normandy). It has been officially classed as a Monument Historique since 1886. The castle was built c. 1060 by William the Conqueror (William of Normandy), who successfully conquered England in 1066. His son Henry I then built the Saint George's church, a keep (1123) and a large hall for the Ducal Court. On [...]

By | 2018-02-20T14:26:20+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castillo de la Mota: Medieval Fortification in Spain

The Castle of the La Mota or Castillo de La Mota is a medieval fortress, located in the town of Medina del Campo, province of Valladolid, Spain. It is so named because of its location on an elevated hill, a mota (in Spanish), from where it dominates the town and surrounding land. The adjacent town came to be surrounded by an expanding series of walls in subsequent years, of which [...]

By | 2018-02-18T14:27:30+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Bobolice Castle: Medieval Fortification in Poland

The Bobolice Castle is a 14th-century royal castle in the village of Bobolice, Poland. The complex is located within a semi-mountainous highland region called the Polish Jura. The castle in Bublitz was built by King Casimir III the Great in the middle of the 14th century, probably in place of an earlier wooden structure. The castle was a part of the defence system of royal strongholds protecting the western border [...]

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Skipton Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton, North Yorkshire, England. It was built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and has been preserved for over 900 years. The castle was originally a motte and bailey castle built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, lord of the multiple estates of Bolton Abbey. Shortly after 1102 Henry, I extended Romille's lands to include all of upper Wharfedale and [...]

By | 2018-02-14T14:34:53+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kenilworth Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Kenilworth Castle is located in the town of the same name in Warwickshire, England. Constructed from Norman through to Tudor times, the castle has been described by architectural historian Anthony Emery as "the finest surviving example of a semi-royal palace of the later middle ages, significant for its scale, form, and quality of workmanship". Kenilworth has also played an important historical role. The castle was the subject of the six-month-long [...]

By | 2018-02-13T14:35:01+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rocca Scaligera Castle: Medieval Fortification in Italy

The Rocca Scaligera Castle of Sirmione is a fortress of the Scaligeri era, an access point to the historic center of Sirmione. It is one of the most complete and best-preserved castles of Italy, as well as a rare example of lacustrine fortification. In 2014 it was the twenty-seventh most visited Italian state site, with 224,498 visitors and a total gross income of 555,768 euros. Description The Rocca Scaligera castle is [...]

By | 2018-02-12T14:26:11+00:00 February 12th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castle of Nafpaktos: Medieval Fortification in Greece

The Venetian Castle of Nafpaktos is at the top of a hill that overlooks the city. This hill has the shape of a pyramid. The grandiose fortifications of Nafpaktos built in successive construction phases, climax from the ancient times to the Ottoman Empire and, in spite of the catastrophes and damage suffered remain as one of the most important and best preserved examples of castle architecture in Greece. We cannot [...]

By | 2018-02-11T21:27:10+00:00 February 11th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kyrenia Castle: Medieval Fortification in Cyprus

Kyrenia Castle (Greek: Κάστρο της Κερύνειας Turkish: Girne Kalesi), at the east end of the old harbour in Kyrenia is a 16th-century castle built by the Venetians over a previous Crusader fortification. Within its walls lies a twelfth-century chapel showing reused late Roman capitals, and the Shipwreck Museum. Kyrenia has existed since the 10th century BC. Excavations have revealed Greek traces that date back to the 7th century BC, but [...]

By | 2018-02-09T23:13:43+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Hohenwerfen Castle: Medieval Fortification in Austria

Hohenwerfen Castle (German: Festung Hohenwerfen) is a medieval rock castle, situated on a 623 meters (2,044 ft) precipice overlooking the Austrian market town of Werfen in the Salzach valley, approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) south of Salzburg. The Hohenwerfen Castle is surrounded by the Berchtesgaden Alps and the adjacent Tennen Mountains. Hohenwerfen Castle is a "sister" of Hohensalzburg Castle, both built by the Archbishops of Salzburg in the 11th century. History [...]

By | 2018-02-08T23:13:42+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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