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Old June 15th, 2009, 02:20 AM   #61
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Fortress of the Reis Magos ( Magic Kings) in city called Natal ( the name of this city in English would be Christmas) in state of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. The format of the fortress is a star .

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Old June 15th, 2009, 03:21 AM   #62
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Fortress in " Ilha do Mel" ( in English would be Island of Honey) in Parana state - Brazil

Ilha do Mel where the fortress is in it.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 03:26 AM   #63
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Fortress in Florianópolis city in Santa Catarina state - Brazil ( there are 5 fortress in this city situated in an island . The beaches there are wonderful).
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Old June 15th, 2009, 03:30 AM   #64
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Praia do Forte ( The Fortress beach) in Cabo Frio city ( Cabo Frio in English means Cold cape and it is located in Rio de Janeiro state in Brazil - but do not imagine that the city is cold. It has summer during all year . Near this place there is a town called Buzios where BRigit Bardot called Paradise because unbelievable beaches).


The Fortress that is in this beach
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Fortress Príncipe da Beira ( Prince of Beira fortress in English) located in middle of the rainforest in Rondonia state near borders of Bolivia - in Brazil.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 05:29 AM   #66
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Fortress Príncipe da Beira ( Prince of Beira fortress in English) located in middle of the rainforest in Rondonia state near borders of Bolivia - in Brazil.
Very interesting! they are so similar to the Spanish fortreses
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Old June 15th, 2009, 05:44 AM   #67
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Here's the only two from Mexico.

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There's only two structures to be considered actual castles in Mexico

They are:

Castillo Santa Secilia. Built in the 16th century, it was the home of a wealthy local mine owner in the city of Guanajuato, in central Mexico. Today it's a hotel. Although it looks very medieval, its purpose was only as a home, but not a fortress, therefore it's not 100% castle. The whole city of Guanajuato looks very medieval, but it dates back only to the 16th century.


This is the best known one, the Imperial Chapultepec Castle. It was too built in the 16th century, and this is considered by most experts as the only true castle in the Americas. It meets the criteria of both royal/noble home and fortress. It housed all the Mexican Viceroys (representatives of the Spanish monarch in New Spain) for 300 years until independence in 1821. It housed both of the Mexican Imperial Families, and many Mexican presidents until the 1930s. It is built on top of a hill in the middle of what is now the city, and a forest below.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #69
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Eagle Nests Trail (Polish: Szlak Orlich Gniazd) is a marked trail in south-western Poland, on Kraków-Jura Highlands, running roughly from Częstochowa to Kraków.

The trail is named after a series of medieval castles it passes by. The castles date mostly to the 14th century and were constructed by the order of King of Poland, Kazimierz the Great and are named 'Eagle Nests' as most of them were located on large, tall rocks.

Most of them were built along the 14th century Polish - Czech border, as Silesia belonged to the Kingdom of Bohemia back then. The trail, considered one of the best trails in Poland. It encompasses 25 castles and has 163km (the bicycle trail has 188km).



some pic of the castles:

Ogrodzieniec castle





















Olsztyn castle near Czestochowa













Bedzin castle











Morsko castle



Mirow castle









Siewierz castle







Smolen castle



Lipowiec castle



Rabsztyn castle





Rudno castle











Bobolice castle







Krzokiew castle



Pieskowa Skala castle

















Ojcow castle









Tyniec abbey

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Old July 9th, 2009, 12:16 AM   #70
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Slovakia is full of castles - most of them were rebuilded after the invasions of Mongols in 13th century. Here are some of the most famous and important:

Castle of Devín was one of the central castles of Great Morava, the most powerful Slavic country in early middle-age. Devín was destroyed by Napoleons army



Bratislava castle is the most famous slovak castle, is also on slovak euro coins. Maria Theresia loved this castle. Was destroyed in 1811 by flame, in 50s was reconstructed



Castle of Nitra is probably the oldest castle in Slovakia from 9th century, capital of Pribinas kingdom. Pribina was the first count of Slavs - proto-Slovaks



the most beautiful is Castle in Bojnice, which was romantically rebuilded in the end of 19th century



the largest is Castle of Spiš - the wooden castle was destroyed by Mongols, after that was builded as a stone castle. Spiš buried in 18th century.


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Old July 9th, 2009, 12:27 AM   #71
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The slovakian castles are beautiful, so much history!. Perhaps I should go on a vacation to Slovakia in the future.
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Old July 10th, 2009, 10:51 AM   #72
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Some really impression Polish and Slovakian castles here
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Old July 11th, 2009, 10:35 AM   #73
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Poland

Czorsztyn and Niedzica castles



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Old July 11th, 2009, 12:11 PM   #74
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Some castles in inland Croatia

Frankopan castle in Ogulin



Brod na Kupi



Veliki Tabor


Veliki Tabor befofe restoration.


Djurdjevac - old town



Bosiljevo



Dubovac



Ozalj castle on the Kupa river



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Orsic by Jastrebarsko



Varazdin



Cakovec



Klenovnik



Marusevec



Trakoscan I



Trakoscan II



Kutjevo



and so on.....

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Old July 11th, 2009, 01:37 PM   #75
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Some castles in Portugal:

Castle of Óbidos









Castle of Santa Maria da Feira







Castle of S.jorge [Lisbon]





View from the castle



Fortified town of Almeida






Castle of Montemor-o-Velho






Castle of Marvăo




Castle of Leiria




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Old July 11th, 2009, 04:19 PM   #76
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Romania - Castle of Bran (a.k.a Dracula's castle)

















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Old July 11th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #77
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Castle of Good Hope

Built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) as a maritime replenishment station, the Castle of Good Hope is the oldest surviving colonial building in South Africa.

From 1678 it was the centre of civilian, administrative and military life at the Cape, until the settlement grew and some functions and activities moved away from the Castle. Today the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and houses the Castle Military Museum and Iziko Museums Cape Town (William Fehr Collection).

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Old July 11th, 2009, 05:23 PM   #78
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King Johns Castle Limerick City Ireland (hometown)


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these are only a few that i know of..there are literally thousands more i dont know about in ireland
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Nice thread. But Germany is definitely underrepresented here.

So let's start with my home state, Lower Saxony... which means that you still have to wait for Neuschwanstein since it's in Bavaria.
(I sure have to admit that the most impressive German castles are located in Southern Germany)

But as mentioned above, we'll start in the North.

Bentheim Castle, near the Dutch border.

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Dankwarderode Castle, Brunswick

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Marienburg Castle, halfway between Hanover and Hildesheim. Still official residence of the House of Guelph.







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Romania, Corvins Castle





Peles Castle. residence of the Romanian Royal family




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