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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:16 AM   #121
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Why writing such crap? Do you intend to provoke anyone?
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:16 AM   #122
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please quit this bullcrap discussion please, its ruining this thread, go somewhere else
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:17 AM   #123
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Who are you referring to?


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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:21 AM   #124
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Yes, it is. So we have one example. Enormous.


When was it built, anyway?
It was built in stages with its style evolving substantially over the centuries. And it's hardly a sole example. There are lots of Scottish castles in this style. Here's another, Craigieven Castle:

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Now what, stylistically, do these Scottish baronial style castles have in common with Leeds Castle, which is typical of the Norman castles found in Kent?

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Old February 3rd, 2010, 02:31 AM   #125
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The Castle on the 1st Picture is "Schloss Neuschwanstein". I´ve been very often because I have friends arround there. In the summer it´s nice because of the lake behind. But all in all it´s quite dissapointing I can tell. Nothing spcial if you know what I mean. There´s a large parking few meters from the castle from what the view is not like the view on the poscards. The Pictures on the postcards are shot from helicopter what does makes the real view you get as tourist appear qiute poor.
+5 I m agree .And what s more ,this pseudomedival castle placed on basement of real XII cent. citadel destroyed for this building in mid XIX .
I like more other german castle .
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 03:32 AM   #126
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 04:11 AM   #127
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My problem with castles of continental Europe is that they were built gradually over the course of several centuries - hence the lack of stylistical unity (see the above example). Even if they were built in one style - the whole thing still wasn't planed from the start - instead, many latter additions were built simply out of necessity... so there's some feeling of chaos about these castles (and I don't refer to the lack of symmetry - many castles excel in asymmetry). Neo-historist palaces, on the other hand, don't offend me at all - because they were planned from the start.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 09:42 AM   #128
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Its the same old crap, from you Continental euros, i've seen it so many times on these forums from all the nationalities of the EU.

You always have, and probably always will ,think that you are so superior when it comes to matters of history and culture.
There's no reason to get nasty about the whole thing...
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:27 PM   #129
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^ It may be an over-reaction but Erbse has adopted a condescending tone and his statements about British castle architecture are just plain ignorant. It's not very impressive behaviour for a mod!
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My problem with castles of continental Europe is that they were built gradually over the course of several centuries - hence the lack of stylistical unity (see the above example). Even if they were built in one style - the whole thing still wasn't planed from the start - instead, many latter additions were built simply out of necessity... so there's some feeling of chaos about these castles (and I don't refer to the lack of symmetry - many castles excel in asymmetry). Neo-historist palaces, on the other hand, don't offend me at all - because they were planned from the start.
I disagree. I think that's part of their charm. The individual elements in that Russian monastery (ie, the walls, the church, etc) do have stylistic unity. The accumulation over the centuries makes it more interesting. It's the same in European cities. Look at Rome for instance. It's an incredible accumulation of architectural achievement of that last 2000 years (minus the last 100 - at least in central Rome ) and that has made the city an architectural feast, an unrivalled treasure chest.
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^ You pretty much got that right. And that's exactly what I'm missing in Britain, nothing more I liked to point out in the beginning. Many British towns and castles make you miss historical depth or distinctive traces of different architectural eras and regional identities. While Britain has lots of history for sure, it's not that recognizable in architectural matters at all, as it is in continental Europe, including places like Rome, Prague, Riga, Trier or Strasbourg.
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oh boy! who opened the pandora's box?

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Old February 3rd, 2010, 12:59 PM   #132
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It's not like I didn't get to know ze listige Langur already
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^ You pretty much got that right. And that's exactly what I'm missing in Britain, nothing more I liked to point out in the beginning. Many British towns and castles make you miss historical depth or distinctive traces of different architectural eras and regional identities. While Britain has lots of history for sure, it's not that recognizable in architectural matters at all, as it is in continental Europe, including places like Rome, Prague, Riga, Trier or Strasbourg.
Again I disagree. Castles like Windsor or Edinburgh have evolved a great deal over the centuries. And as for cities, look at the different styles in Edinburgh. Look at layer upon layer of architectural history expressed by the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge. In London there are perfect Georgian squares abutting art deco (Bloomsbury). Victorian neo-gothic and neo-renaissance abuts medieval gothic (Westminster/Whitehall) I look at the view from Waterloo Bridge and I see neo gothic, neo-classical, baroque, and contemporary among others. From Greenwich I look across over paladian and baroque domes to the glass and steel of Canary Wharf and the Millennium Dome. Where else in Europe can you walk a few hundred metres from a magnificent 300-year-old baroque cathedral (St Paul's) to a shiny contemporary skyscraper (Heron Tower)? The Shard will complete in 2012 and will face the Tower of London across the river whose White Tower dates back to 1082. That's a span of 930 years. London's a 2000 year old city with almost 1000 years of that expressed in architecture. I think it's one of the finest examples of architectural accumulation in the world.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:08 PM   #134
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 01:50 PM   #136
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^ You pretty much got that right. And that's exactly what I'm missing in Britain, nothing more I liked to point out in the beginning. Many British towns and castles make you miss historical depth or distinctive traces of different architectural eras and regional identities. While Britain has lots of history for sure, it's not that recognizable in architectural matters at all, as it is in continental Europe, including places like Rome, Prague, Riga, Trier or Strasbourg.
Absolute nonsense!

Now you are saying Britain lacks "historical depth". Are you just an anti-British bigot?

Britain has amongst the most recognizable architectural styles in the world. Look at British Gothic, Victorian terraces, London brick buildings, Victorian baroque, Scots baronial, Rennie Mackintosh etc etc

Edinburgh is a good example to illustrate your ignorance - the royal mile, part of Edinburgh's 'old' town is adorned with medieval buildings leading up to the castle which was started to be built in 900ad. The old town faces over the Edinburgh new town which has the worlds largest concentration of neo-classic buildings. They are both world heritage sites. Oh, and at the end of the royal mile is the Enric Miralles Scottish Parliament built in a deconstrctivist style facing onto Holyrood palace. Very diverse.

In Glasgow, the worlds second greatest collection of Victorian buildings after London is juxtaposed with 20th century tennaments, gleaming glass buildings and Rennie Macintosh buildings etc. Again, very diverse.

The same is true for all of Britain.Infact, in Britain it is much easier than in most European countries to read the layers of history.

You are absolutely wrong in your views regarding Britain and it is highly ignorant.
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Ja, time to post castles again!


Altena Castle, Germany. First youth hostel of the world, established in 1912. Northrine-Westphalia.

There's also some annual rock festival called Burgrock.


With Altena town in front of it:

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I disagree. I think that's part of their charm. The individual elements in that Russian monastery (ie, the walls, the church, etc) do have stylistic unity. The accumulation over the centuries makes it more interesting. It's the same in European cities. Look at Rome for instance. It's an incredible accumulation of architectural achievement of that last 2000 years (minus the last 100 - at least in central Rome ;) ) and that has made the city an architectural feast, an unrivalled treasure chest. :)
Our views appear to be personal preferences. But I want to explain mine a little deeper: stylistic diversity would be fine... for a walled city. But in case of a fortress - chaotic build-up robs the place of it's original elegance. Sometimes, it succeeds - Burg Eltz is a good example (which is one of the most famous European castles). But as far as fame is concerned - most of the castles that were posted on this thread are little-known outside of their own countries. It means that these castles lack a universal appeal. The most famous castle in the world is actually not from Europe - the Himeji castle (which excelled as both a walled town and a castle) - now that is what I mean by the elegance of stylistic unity - you just can't compare a fad-ridden fortress like the Trinity Lavra to that:

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Altena Castle again:


Probably one of the most interesting youth hostels one could imagine.
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