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Old February 4th, 2010, 06:55 PM   #241
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Sure, it's amazing, just as the city. But it still ain't superior to many other medieval castles of similar size.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 07:05 PM   #242
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Sure, it's amazing, just as the city. But it still ain't superior to many other medieval castles of similar size.
As you've already said, setting is a big factor. In the centre of a medieval area, on top of an extinct volcano...these sort of things all come together to make it amazing.

I don't actually have a clue where all this is going...
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Old February 4th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #243
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I didn't intend to argue in the beginning, just wanted to state out I miss diversity in Britain, and you guys prove me right - again and again.

We should stop argueing now.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 07:14 PM   #244
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That's what I call a castle:

Castle Burghausen - Burghausen (Upper Bavaria)

Remember: Longest castle in Europe (1'043 m), ja.

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The next dude accusing this to be "disneyish" (as that Brit guy did) or whatever will be chopped.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 07:24 PM   #245
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The german and french castles here are mostly absolutly beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pics.
The british castles however... I guess I've seen at least one or two that are ok. But well... still thanks for sharing.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #246
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The german and french castles here are mostly absolutly beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pics.
The british castles however... I guess I've seen at least one or two that are ok. But well... still thanks for sharing.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 07:55 PM   #247
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I didn't intend to argue in the beginning, just wanted to state out I miss diversity in Britain, and you guys prove me right - again and again.

We should stop argueing now.
We'll have to agree to disagree in that case, although I value your opinion on the matter, we're in different minds about whats constitutes variety. Glad we managed to iron this out though
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Old February 4th, 2010, 08:16 PM   #249
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Old February 4th, 2010, 08:38 PM   #250
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I love how French (and German) Renaissance Architecture often looks like the Middle Ages on steroids.
The French also seem to have cultivated some "fairy-tale"-ish quality in their castles- but also quite differently so. Interesting.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:03 PM   #251
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Kuressaare Castle (Saaremaa, Estonia):




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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:14 PM   #252
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I'd like to point this out:
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Well, I do not think there is such thing as a true look for a castle, just like there is no true look for a church or a skyscraper.

That pretty much sums it up. It's strange how some people tried to teach us how "a proper" (British?) castle has to look like.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:18 PM   #253
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That pretty much sums it up. It's strange how some people tried to teach us how "a proper" (British?) castle has to look like.
But I didn't. I explained how a "classic" castle of my imagination has a skyline of battlements, its medieval military character intact. I never suggested it was anything more than subjective. Also I've maintained all along that such castles can be found in many countries, not just Britain, and I've posted examples of classic castles from other countries too. Indeed Vittorio's post was in response to one of mine where I praised an Italian castle for being of precisely this classic military style. There are countless examples around the Mediterranean, and the Crusader castles are especially impressive.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:21 PM   #254
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Burg Trifels, famous for being the place where Richard Lionheart was locked in


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The German crown, which was located there:

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We Dutch don't have those impressive castles like our German neighbours, but this one comes close. Kasteel de Haar (near Utrecht)







Too bad the maintenance is terrible.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #256
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Two more of the immaculate Bodiam Castle (Kent, England):

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Perfect shot and castle.

When a French castle is used as a Scottish one. I explained that in another thread:
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The Château de Roquetaillade, pronounced [roktahyad], is a true medieval castle (14th century) that appears in two films : "Brotherhood of the Wolf" (Le Pacte des Loups), and as a haunted Scottish castle in "Fantomas against Scotland Yard" (Fantômas contre Scotland Yard).


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Now, a peculiarity, the castle of Castelnau-de-Levis was used as a quarry, but the watchtower remains (about 40 meters tall/130 feet):


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I have shown with Salses the transition from the "military" castle to fortification with bastions, La Roche-Guyon is an example of the opposite, a transition to a "residential" castle.

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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:34 PM   #257
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We Dutch don't have those impressive castles like our German neighbours, but this one comes close. Kasteel de Haar (near Utrecht)
Marvellous. How come it's not that popular at all?

While Muiderslot is quite famous, it's not halfway as impressive.

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Too bad the maintenance is terrible.
Why so? Isn't it government property? It doesn't look that terribly maintained anyway. I'd like to see some interiors.
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I love the British Germanophobia in this thread.
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Marvellous. How come it's not that popular at all?
It is a popular spot for the Dutch for a daytrip. A green area with a huge castle near a few big cities (Utrecht, Amsterdam). But amongst foreign visitors the castle is not well known, perhaps that's because this neo-gothic castle isn't 'real'. It is build in 1892 on a ruin of a previous castle (which looked completely different)


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It seems to be very expensive. They rely on gifts of visitors.
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I love the British Germanophobia in this thread.
It's pretty embarrassing, how these "fanatics" share their limited views. Why do they always get abusive?
I mean it's just a matter of taste. Some prefer white cars others prefer motorbikes. There is no absolute truth in questions of taste.
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