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Title says all :)

I hope it's right section... I haven't found such thread before, so give it a chance :)


[UNESCO] Malbork Marienburg - the biggest brick castle in the world, Teutonic Order fortress. Built in XIII/XIV century; classic medieval fortress example.









That's not only castle in Poland, I just want to see if such thread has any sense ;)
 
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12 castles in Japan with non-replica keeps in existence

Himeji Castle aka Egret Castle




Matsumoto Castle aka Crow Castle


Maruoka Castle


Kochi Castle (1747)




Matsue Castle




Matsuyama Castle (Iyo)




Matsuyama Castle (Bitchu)


Hikone Castle




Marugame Castle


Inuyama Castle




Hirosaki Castle


Uwajima Castle
 

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^^ Japanese architecture is beautifuland interesting. Some don't like castles in fact :)

Książ Castle (ger. Furstenstein) in Lower Silesia. Built 1288-1292, then baroque rebuilding 1705-1732









Ruins of Ogrodzieniec, medieval castle from XIV-XV century. It is believed to be haunted ;)



 

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Castles in England, UK

Leeds Castle, Kent






Dover Castle, Kent




Deal Castle, Kent


Hever Castle, Kent




Rochester Castle, Kent




Warwick Castle, Warwickshire




Tower of London, London


Windsor Castle, Berkshire






Bodiam Castle, East Sussex






Arundel Castle, West Sussex
 

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Ponferrada Templar Castle (Spain), year 1148

The city is noted for the Castillo de los Templarios, a Templar castle which covers approximately 16,000 square meters. In 1178, Fernando II of León donated the city to the Templar order for protecting the pilgrims on the Way of St. James who passed through El Bierzo in their road to Santiago de Compostela.

Based over a Celtic settlement, the Castle hosted the Knights Templar's Grand Master of Castille. However, the Templars were only able to enjoy the use of their fortress for about twenty years before the order was disbanded and its properties confiscated in 1311. Several noble houses fought over the assets until Alfonso XI alloted them to the Count of Lemos in 1340. Finally the Catholic Monarchs incorporated Ponferrada and its castle into the Crown in 1486. As with many other historical sites in Europe, many of the blocks that at one point formed the walls of the castle were removed and used in local construction projects. Extensive restoration works are ongoing.



by César Atanes.


by El piojoso encadenado.
 

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As I presumed, British will rule in this thread :lol:

Wawel in Kraków; Polish Royal castle.







 

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One of the most historically important Castles in the world:

Krak de Chevaliers, Homs, Syria. Built originally by the Arabs in 1031 and taken over by the Crusaders in 1099.










One of the oldest and largest castles in the world.

Aleppo Castle, Syria Originally built in middle of the 3rd millennium BC!















Qait Bey Castle Alexabdria, Egypt:

Built in 1477 AD by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bey





 

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One of the most historically important Castles in the world:

Krak de Chevaliers, Homs, Syria. Built originally by the Arabs in 1031 and taken over by the Crusaders in 1099.
Actually most of the present day castle was built by the crusaders, who needed a large fortress there after the first crusade. The original part, built by the Arabs, was substantialy smaller.


For France (pictures taken from wiki and under open liscence)

Carcassonne


Chinon


Angers


Pierrefonds


Vincennes


Haut-Konigsbourg


Puilaurens
 
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Actually most of the present day castle was built by the crusaders, who needed a large fortress there after the first crusade. The original part, built by the Arabs, was substantialy smaller.

Yes, the Crusaders expanded the original Arab castle.
 

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Crac de Chevaliers is masterpiece.

So many great photos in this thread, thanks to you all ;)

For medieval times! :cheers:
 

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Some Spanish castles

Aljaferia



Alhambra


Alcazar




Tossa de Mar


Peniscola


Loare




Altafulla


Castillo de Coca


Belver




Guadamur


One of Europe's greates fortified walls.Avila.






Olite




Miravet


Morella


Monestir de Poblet, Fortified Monastery


Cardona
 

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^^ Great ones, especially Alcazar and Olite ;)
 
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