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.

Gravensteen Castle: Medieval Fortification in Belgium

One of the only remaining medieval castles in Flanders, this historic fortress provides a fascinating insight into the weaponry, culture, and drama of Ghent’s past. Gravensteen, also known as the “Castle of the Count,” is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. The castle is a characteristic medieval fortress complete with twisting staircases, a dungeon surrounded by high walls and a protective moat. In addition to being an [...]

By | 2017-12-28T11:45:08+00:00 December 28th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Castel Roncolo: Medieval Fortification in Italy

Castel Roncolo is a medieval fortification on a rocky spur in the territory of Ritten, near the city of Bolzano in South Tyrol, Italy. In 1237 Alderich Prince-Bishop of Trent gave the brothers Friedrich and Beral Lords of Wangen permission to construct a castle on the rock then called Runchenstayn. History In 1274 it was damaged during a siege by Meinhard II of Tirol, who after winning the war against [...]

By | 2018-01-11T14:45:53+00:00 December 27th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Kaiserburg Nürnberg Castle: Fortification in Germany

Kaiserburg Nürnberg Castle (German: Nürnberger Burg) is a group of medieval fortified buildings on a sandstone ridge dominating the historical center of Nuremberg in Bavaria, Germany. The Kaiserburg Nürnberg castle, together with the city walls, is considered to be one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications. It represented the power and importance of the Holy Roman Empire and the outstanding role of the Imperial City of Nuremberg. Summary In the [...]

By | 2017-12-24T12:07:10+00:00 December 24th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Burg Eltz Castle: Medieval Fortification in Germany

Burg Eltz Castle (German: Burg Eltz) is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family (the Eltz family) that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. Bürresheim Castle (Schloss Bürresheim), Burg Eltz Castle and Lissingen Castle are the only castles on the left bank of the Rhine in Rhineland-Palatinate which [...]

By | 2017-12-22T08:33:00+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Carlisle Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Carlisle Castle is situated in Carlisle, in the English county of Cumbria, near the ruins of Hadrian's Wall. The castle is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in British history. Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England and Scotland, it has been the centre of many wars and invasions. Today the castle is managed by English Heritage and is [...]

By | 2017-12-17T13:41:33+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Warkworth Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage form one of the most unusual pairs of medieval monuments in Britain. The castle was probably laid out in its present form in about 1200 and was the favoured residence of the powerful Percy family from the 14th to the 17th centuries. As the Earls (and later Dukes) of Northumberland, they were among the greatest landowners in northern England. Nearby, on the banks of the [...]

By | 2017-12-13T10:41:00+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lincoln Castle: Medieval Fortification in England

Strategically sited on high ground overlooking the River Witham, Lincoln was originally established by the Romans as a Legionary Fortress and later it was converted into a colony for veterans. Following the Norman Conquest, the earlier defences were adapted into Lincoln Castle and Town Walls. Key battles were fought in the vicinity during the Anarchy and the First Barons' Wars. The Romans Sited on top of a steep escarpment [...]

By | 2017-12-11T09:15:09+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Alhambra de Granada Spain: Fortification in Spain

Rising above the modern lower town, the Alhambra and the Albaycín, situated on two adjacent hills, form the medieval part of Granada Spain. To the east of the Alhambra, Granada Spain fortress and residence are the magnificent gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. The residential district of the Albaycín is a rich [...]

By | 2017-12-10T12:46:23+00:00 December 10th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Festung Hohensalzburg Castle in Austria

Festung Hohensalzburg Castle (German: Festung Hohensalzburg, literally "High Salzburg Fortress") sits atop the Festungsberg, a small hill in the Austrian city of Salzburg. Erected at the behest of the Prince-Archbishops of Salzburg with a length of 250 m (820 ft) and a width of 150 m (490 ft), it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe. Festung Hohensalzburg Castle is situated at an altitude of 506 m. Early [...]

By | 2017-12-08T01:00:31+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lauriston Castle: Medieval Forification in Edinburgh

Lauriston Castle is a 16th-century tower house with 19th-century extensions overlooking the Firth of Forth, in Edinburgh, Scotland. It lies on Cramond Road South, between Cramond, Davidson's Mains, and Silverknowes. The substantial grounds, Lauriston Castle Gardens, operate as a local park. The castle was bequeathed to the Edinburgh Corporation (post 1973 known as Edinburgh City Council) and hosts The Lord Provosts annual Garden Party. History A Lauriston Castle stood [...]

By | 2017-12-03T18:09:19+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Categories: Castles, Constructions, Medieval|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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