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Castles Around The World

Here we look at castles around the world. Although they might look very different, they share many features and have followed the same broad developments, for example replacing wood with stone, and adapting to the use of gunpowder.

 

Partly this similarity is attributable to the fact that they share the same functions, which are

  1. to provide a defensible stronghold
  2. to provide a strategic point of control
  3. to act as a barracks for troops
  4. to privide a centre of government
  5. to provide a comfortable home for a feudal lord and his extended family

In the photographs below you can identify many features that filfil these five functions:

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Europe

 

 

 

Château de Blandy-les-Tours
Blandy-les-Tours
Seine-et-Marne
France

 

The Castle of Bardi (or Landi)
Upper Ceno Valley
Parma
Emilia-Romagna
Italy

 

Gammel Estrup (Gammel Estrup Manor)
east of Randers City
Denmark

 

Schloss Moritzburg (Moritzburg Castle)
Moritzburg
Saxony
Germany

 

The Château de Brissac
Brissac-Quincé
Maine-et-Loire
France

 

 

Bedzin Castle
Zamkowa
Bedzin
Poland

 

Château de Azay-le-Rideau
Azay-le-Rideau
Chnon
Indre-et-Loire,
Centre
France

 

Kasteel Ammersoyen
Kasteellaan
Ammerzoden
Netherlands

 

Castel del Monte
Andria
Apulia region
Italy

 

Baba Vida, Vidin, Bulgaria

 
 

 

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Leeds Castle
Kent
England

 

Aljaferia
Zaragoza
Spain

 

The Gravensteen
"castle of the count"
Sint-Veerleplein
Gent
Belgium

 

Dover Castle
Kent
England

 

Culzean Castle
near Maybole
Carrick
Ayrshire
Scotland

 

Trakai Island Castle
Lake Galve
Lithuania

 

Bouzov Castle,
located between the village of Hvozdek
and the town of Bouzov
west of Litovel
Moravia
Czech Republic

 

Pena Palace
Sintra
Portugal

 

 

Hohenwerfen Castle
above the Salzach Valley
Austria

 

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork,
Marienburg (Mary's Castle)
Poland

 

Schloss Drachenburg (Drachenburg Castle)
Königswinter
on the Rhine near Bonn
Germany

 

Château de Langeais
(a medieval castle rebuilt as a château)
Indre-et-Loire
France

 

Château de Beynac
Castle in Beynac-et-Cazenac
France

 

Burg Eltz
located above the Moselle River
between Koblenz and Trier
Germany

 

Castel Sant Angelo (The Mausoleum of Hadrian)
Parco Adriano
Rome
Italy

 

Château de Sceaux
Sceaux
Hauts-de-Seine
France

 
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Asia

 

 

 

Alila Fort Bishangarh, near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

 

Arg-e-Bam (Bam Citadel),Bam, Kerman Province, Iran

 

Sazova Mahallesi
Eskisehir
Turkey

 
 
 

 

Bahla Fort, situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands,Oman

 

Amer Fort,Amer, Rajasthan, India

 

Falak-ol-Aflak Castle, within the city of Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran.

 

Khiva City Walls, Xorazm Province, Uzbekistan.

 

Japan

 

 

 

Matsumoto Castle, Japan

 
Akashi Castle
Akashi
Hyogo Prefecture
Japan
 
 
 
 
 

 

Azuchi Castle
[reconstruction of the keep]
on the shores of Lake Biwa
Omi Province
Japan
 
Matsumoto Castle, ("Crow Castle")
Matsumoto,
Nagano Prefecture near Tokyo.

 

 

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Click on any of the following links to learn more about specific types of castle

 

 

Dover Castle, Kent, England

 

Matsumoto Castle, ("Crow Castle"), Matsumoto,, Nagano Prefecture near Tokyo.

 

Château de Sceaux, Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine,France

 

Alcazar Castle, Segovia,Spain

 

 

 

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