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|Broughty Castle is a historic castle in Broughty Ferry, Scotland, completed around 1495 Although the site may have been first fortified in 1454 when the fourth Earl of Angus received permission to build on the site. The main tower house forming the centre of the castle with four floors was built by Lord Gray who was granted the castle in 1490. ||07/16/2006||545|
|This fortress has been strongly wanted by Pope Giulo II at the beginning of the XVI century, to improve the defense of the town from the pirates that were coming through the sea. The architect was Bramante, but he died in 1514 before the entire fortress was finished (1535) when the pope was Paolo III. The top part of the "Maschio" has been completed by Michelangelo.||07/15/2006||509|
|In 1648, the Treaty of Westphalia gave France possession of Breisach, on the right bank of the Rhine. This town was fortified by Vauban under the orders of Louis XIV and gave France an important bridgehead on the right bank of the Rhine. Breisach flourished, and so many people came to the town that it spread onto an island in the river, named Ville Neuve (new town). A fort was also built on thi...||07/15/2006||501|
|Founded in 1555 by Jacques Pons for the trade of salt, Brouage rapidly became one of the most important ports on the atlantic coasts. Under the orders of Richelieu, Pierre d'Argencourt put up the fortifications.|
Champlain was born here and Marie Mancini went into exile there.
|This half buried in the ground fortress has been built between 1497 and 1504, by the Spanish architect Francisco Ramiro Lopez for the King Ferdinand of Aragon, King of Spain during the discovery of the New World on the place of the earlier castle, which stood there. The Salses Castle has been built to withstand the metal cannon bullets. Besieged it could house for months the garrison of 1500 me...||07/10/2006||269|
|The Venetian fortifications in Fortezza, a solidly-built fort on a hill. The city fell to the Turks in November 1646. Today the Fortezza is well-preserved, while the fortifications around the city have almost disappeared.||07/09/2006||338|
|Blaise Castle is an 18th century mansion house and estate near Henbury in Bristol (formerly in Gloucestershire), England. Blaise Castle was immortalised by being described as "the finest place in England" in Jane Austen's book Northanger Abbey (a remark uttered by the most annoying and worthless character in the novel, however).|
|Drum Castle is a castle near Banchory, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.|
The original 13th century tower of Drum Castle is the work of medieval architect Richard Cementarius and is believed to be one of the three oldest towers in Scotland. A large wing was added in 1619 by the 9th laird, and other alterations made in the Victorian era.
The castle and its grounds were gra...
|Plassenburg is a castle in the city of Kulmbach in Bavaria. It is one of the most impressive castles in Germany and a symbol for the city. It was first mentioned in 1135. From 1340, the Hohenzollerns governed from Plassenburg castle. Destroyed in 1554, it was later rebuilt by the architect Caspar Vischer. In 1810, Kulmbach became Bavarian and the castle was used as a prison and as a military ho...||07/04/2006||261|
|Also called "The Rocca", this wonderful castle located in the middle of the Fontanellato town, near Parma. It maintains since it was build the classical structure, with a 3 mt. deep moat whose water, up to the beginning of the XX century, was coming from natural sources.|
Inside the castle there are some rooms whose paintings are from the famous italian painter "Il Parmigianino".
|This place has a very important historical meaning and it has been for about 50 years (at the beginning of the XIX century) the residence of Maria Luigia d'Asburgo "Duchessa di Parma, Piacenza e Guastalla", wife of Napoleon.|
In the present times, the palace is used for conventions, meetings and the gardens are open to public.
|The Castle of Felino has been build at the beginning of the XIII century, in a position that was really important, especially from a strategic point of view. The castle is very well maintained, and, among the rest of the castle, you can visit the torture chambers and the prisons.|
Felino is a small city near Parma, that is famous because gives the name to one of the best and more...
|When Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq, he conceived a grandiose scheme to rebuild the ancient City of Babylon -- Hussein said that Babylon's great palaces and the legendary hanging gardens of Babylon (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) would rise from dust. Like the powerful King Nebuchadnezzar II who conquered Jerusalem 2,500 years ago, Saddam Hussein would rule over the world'...||07/01/2006||2,199|
|In 1590 Spanish troops, who had arrived to support the Duc de Mercoeur (the Catholic Governor of Brittany) in revolt against the Protestant King Henry VI, built the first citadel at Port Blavet. Following Mercoeur's defeat, Port Blavet returned to French control in 1598 and the defences were later restored and extended in the period 1616-36.|
|One of the filming sets of the movie "Ladyhawke" (1985)|
This castle has been build between 1448 and 1460, and it is famous in Italy because many of its rooms are painted with very strange figures and some of them recall lots of strange rumors and legends.
|Built in about 100 years (the land was bought in 1750, and the last room was completed in 1847), this "Reggia" was supposed to be as important in the "Regno delle due Sicilie" like the Versailles one in France.|
|The summer palace covers 2.9 square kilometers (3/4 water). the history of the complex starts in 1750 (under emperor Qianlong); and it suffered two major attacks: during the Anglo-French allied invasion of 1860 and during the Boxer Rebellion, in an attack by the eight allied powers in 1900. It was rebuilt two times. The name "summer palace" was given in 1888 because it served Empress Dowager Ci...||06/23/2006||449|
|Heidelberg Castle and the old City of Heidelberg.||06/15/2006||591|
|Commonly known as Dracula's Castle, the Bran Castle was originally a stronghold built by the Knights of Teutonic Order in 1212. The building started in 1378 as a defense against Turks.||06/01/2006||1,103|
|Home of British Prime minister Benjamin Disraeli from 1847 to 1881||05/21/2006||444|
|Park for Kids, nice castle|
|Saddam Hussein's palace in Tikrit, Iraq. Some quotes from soldiers who have been in there:|
-“It’s a stinking evil fairy tale castle,” said Colonel Mike Anderson, of the MWSG-37, from his tent near Tikrit, where he and a portion of his unit are currently located.
-“This guy had more money to waste than 10 billionaires,” he said in disgust....
|The Castle commissioned by Ali Pasha Tepelena, gifted to his wife Vasiliqi. The castle is also mentioned by Alexander Dymas in his book Cont of Monte Cristo.||05/09/2006||752|
|Riga Castle was founded in 1330 and is the official residence of the President of Latvia as well as home to several museums.||05/07/2006||764|
|The estate of Barton is first mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086, and after a period as an Augustinian oratory was run as a farm until the 19th century. When Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House, Barton Manor became their home farm. In 1902, after the Queen's death, King Edward VII made a gift of Osborne to the nation and kept Barton Manor until 1922 when it was sold into p...||05/07/2006||411|