Castles

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.

Enceinte de Provins: Medieval Fortification in France

The Caesar Tower is a dungeon of the xii the century, located in Provins (Seine-et-Marne, France) at the top of the hill moved uptown. This is the only known square base octagonal dungeon. The tower also served as a prison. During the Hundred Years War, it was occupied by the English who surrounded it with a wall. The Caesar tower has been classified as a historical monument since 1846. History [...]

By | 2018-01-19T07:00:45+00:00 January 19th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kilchurn Castle: Medieval Fortification in Scotland

Kilchurn Castle is a ruined structure on a rocky peninsula at the northeastern end of Loch Awe, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. It was first constructed in the mid-15th century as the base of the Campbells of Glenorchy, who extended both the castle and their territory in the area over the next 150 years. After the Campbells became Earls of Breadalbane and moved to Taymouth Castle, Kilchurn fell out of [...]

By | 2018-01-16T21:47:12+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Reichsburg Cochem Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

The Cochem castle we see today towering above the scenic town of Cochem on the Moselle River is not the castle that originally stood there in the 12th century. That castle had a long and colorful history until French King Louis XIV had his troops obliterate it in 1689. The castle remained a colorful stone ruin for 180 years until wealthy Berlin businessman Louis Ravené decided to buy the ruins [...]

By | 2018-01-15T09:44:35+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Schloss Marschlins Castle: Medieval Fortification in Switzerland

Schloss Marschlins Castle is a castle in the village of Igis of the municipality of Landquart of the Canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Schloss Marschlins Castle was the childhood home of feminist Meta von Salis. The Schloss castle was built in the 13th century, though there may have been 11th or 12th-century castles on the site and local legend claims [...]

By | 2018-01-15T14:46:22+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castello di Fenis: Medieval Fortification in Italy

Fenis Castle is an Italian medieval castle located in the town of Fénis. It is one of the most famous castles in Aosta Valley, and for its architecture and its many towers and battlemented walls has become one of the major tourist attractions of the region. The Fenis castle first appears in a document in 1242 as a property of the Viscounts of Aosta, the Challant family (fr). At that [...]

By | 2018-01-11T09:45:06+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Niedzica Castle: Medieval Fortification in Poland

Niedzica Castle also known as Dunajec Castle is located in the southernmost part of Poland in Niedzica (Nowy Targ County in Lesser Poland). It was erected between the years 1320 and 1326 by Kokos of Brezovica on the site of an ancient stronghold surrounded by earthen walls in the Pieniny mountains. The Niedzica Castle stands at an altitude of 566 m, on a hill 300 m upstream from the [...]

By | 2018-01-09T10:13:38+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Alcazaba de Almeria: Medieval Fortification in Spain

Almería Alcazaba, locally known as Alcazaba de Almeria, lies on a hill above the city of Almería in the province of Almería in Spain. In 955 A.D. the first Caliph of Al-Andalus, Abd ar-Rahman III ordered the construction of the Alcazaba after he had granted Almería the title of 'medina' (city). It was built on an elongated hill, overlooking the city and the bay, probably the site of an [...]

By | 2018-01-07T11:47:47+00:00 January 7th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sidon Sea Castle: Medieval Fortification in Lebanon

Sidon's Sea Castle (Arabic: قلعة صيدا البحرية Kalaat Saida al-Bahriya) was built by the crusaders as a fortress of the holy land. It is one of the most prominent historical sites in the port city of Sidon, Lebanon. The city of Sidon is located on the Mediterranean coast of Lebanon. This ancient Phoenician city has been of great religious, political and commercial value; it is said to be inhabited [...]

By | 2018-01-05T09:19:57+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

Raglan Castle: Medieval Fortification in Wales

Raglan Castle (Welsh: Castell Rhaglan) is a late medieval castle located just north of the village of Raglan in the county of Monmouthshire in south east Wales. The modern castle dates from between the 15th and early 17th-centuries when the successive ruling families of the Herberts and the Somersets created a luxurious, fortified castle, complete with a large hexagonal keep, known as the Great Tower or the Yellow Tower [...]

By | 2018-01-03T08:02:21+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

Schloss Tarasp Castle: Medieval Fortification in Switzerland

Schloss Tarasp Castle is a castle in Switzerland, near the former municipality of Tarasp (now Scuol), in Lower Engadin, Graubünden. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance. Schloss Tarasp Castle was probably built in the 11th century or possibly as early as the 10th century. The name comes from terra aspera or wild earth, which may refer to the newly lands in the Inn river valley. They had [...]

By | 2017-12-31T13:27:33+00:00 December 31st, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , |0 Comments

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