Medieval Castles near you

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  1. Foinikas

    Foinikas Playing backgammon!

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    So do you have any Medieval Castles or walls in your city or generally the area that you live in?

    Those of you that are from France,England and Germany must have some Castle or Keep or at least some remnants of old walls.

    My city Thessaloniki,since it was the second largest and greatest city of the Byzantine Empire has Byzantine walls and a small "keep" let's say called Eptapyrgion(Yedikule in Turkish)which means "Seven Towers" and generally the byzantine walls and the ramparts go on for many kilometres in the city.

    We also have the White Tower which is the symbol of our city,a tall round tower that was built by the Venetians in 1430.Ironically the city was captured by the Ottoman Turks in the same year.

    On the way to the city where I study there is the Castle of Platamon(Platamon is a small town)which was built and owned by Godfrey Villardouin the writer of the chronicle of the Fourth Crusade,near 1204 when the Crusaders captured Constantinople and established a feudal empire in Greece.
     
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    bloodfiredeath Die by the Sword

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    I am in the same boat as Mub on this one. However years ago I had an English girlfriend, who came from a place in England called Dunster which had a nice Castle overlooking the town.
     
  4. Kakashi

    Kakashi Call me Deacon Blues

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    I wish. The united states doesn't have any though, sadly. but one day i'd LOVE to go to europe and see one.
     
  5. Foinikas

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    Well ok all Europe has castles but from what I know France especially is full of castles and medieval towers.Except France Germany and Great Britain of course have castles and then Italy and Spain.
     
  6. Kakashi

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    i got this cool book on scottish castles, from an uncle who went to scottland, scottland looks cool. Germany would be nice, too. but i don't know what i'll do.
     
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    Turambar Harebrained Staff Member

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    City I live in stands for about 2 millennia. Not too impressive, I know (concidering SOMEONE is going to mention the merits of Istanbul).

    Anyway, there used to be a castle in this city, supposedly founded by Charlemagne. I think the site actually predates him, but the castle that most people connect with the site have nothing to do with the Old Bugger.

    Anyway, I think the castle - except for two small chapels - have been broken down over the past 2 centuries or so. The chapels still stand, on of which was supposedly ordered by Fredrich Barbarossa, the other was an integral part of the castle - and stands now as an alcove in the middle of a park. The small Barbarossa chapel still bears some bullet holes, reminiscent of WWII, when fierce battle took place there - and this chapel actually was in fear of being burned to the ground.

    The city used to be very beautiful and medieval of character - but in 1944, it was bombed by the allied forces' (I think Americans, in this case) mistake. About half of the heart of the city was bombed away - the rest was broken down in a horrendously stupid city policy of renewal. Some buildings, like the signature church and market square were rebuilt, for what it's worth - but a lot of the olf medieval buildings were replaced by concrete. Only if you know where to look, you will find the old narrow and winding alleys in between remarkably old buildings.

    One section of the city wall stil survives as well, apart from the bricks masoned against the hill the castle was founded on. It is an old watch tower, which is sort of nice, I suppose. I think that part of the city was never bombed, so it should be original.

    Last year, when I visited the Louvre in Paris, I found a painting of the City in its former glory. I must say, that was a rather pleasant surprise :)
    Now, I know it's a bit vague, but the veneer on the painting reflected my flash, so I had to make do with "holding the camera very still"- right....

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  8. Foinikas

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    Hey Turambar thanx for the information and the picture!

    It's really sad when historical sites and monuments are being destroyed during wars! :(

    I remember that I read somewhere that Americans bombs a very important historical site somewhere in Italy during WWII.I think it was a castle but I'm not sure.

    And I also felt bad when I read that Konigsberg was a very beautiful medieval German city that ended up having a lot of historical sites and monuments destroyed by the Soviets during the war.

    By the way,in which country is that castle that you're talking about?In France?Sorry I just don't know where you are from!And that "not in Amsterdam" confuses me!:p
     
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    It was the monastery at Monte Casino. They believed that the Germans had occupied the monastery and tried to bomb them out. Actually, the Germans stayed away from it until it had been bombed and occupied the rubble.

    I've long wanted to explore the castles of Wales myself.
     
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  10. Foinikas

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    Ah thanx you are right! ;)
     
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    I live in Kent so its practically littered with castles. I have visited a lot but some when I was young and so can't really remember them. Only a couple of months ago I visited Dover and Rochester castle
     
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    Yeah, there's the Akershus Fortress in Oslo. Now it's a museum, quite interesting as well. It's completely intact and worth a visit if anyone's in Oslo. (Oddrun!)
     
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    Here's two of my own shots of the chapels that remain of the - once - magnificent castle here.

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    The first was - evidently - the in-castle chapel on a snowy day.

    The second is the small chapel named the Barbarosa Chapel, though not taken from its best side. I suppose I took that one for the environment, rather then the chapel. But we'll have to make do with it.

    Photos © me :)
     
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    The nearest castle to me is at Hever. Although it's origins are medieval, it's now more tudor / non-fortified. Still very nice place to visit and they jousting / archery displays etc

    http://www.hevercastle.co.uk/default.aspx
     
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    The Keep looks nice.I wish more of it could be scene.Great Britain has a lot of beautiful castles from what I know and so does France.It's really amazing that so many castles have survived there.
     
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    From sweden this offer comes: I can see the ruins of Rånäs Castle from my window and of course we have the Circle Wall of Visby on Gotland, but I think that doesn't apply since its offshore from me:)
     
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    Soulsmith Forging souls anew...

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    I don't live near it, but I've been to Castle Cornet in Guernsey enough times. Its stood since like, the 1200's, and its still there.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Cornet

    Nearest me are the remains of an ancient British Hillfort. Basically big circular dips and mounds.
     
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    *snap*

    I've been to Castle Cornet lots too and flew over last weekend on our way to Alderney :)
     
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    I've been to Rochester Castle, it's about eight miles away from my home town, takes the train about half an hour to get there. :moon1:
    There's not much to it, it's basically just a shell these days, but they really bring the medieval period to life. :balrog:
    On bank holidays during August they hold jousts, falconry displays, sword fights, it's quite a fun day out. :hackit:
     
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