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The Venetian Fortezza of Rethimnon

The Venetian Fortezza of Rethimnon

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.
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Blaise castle

Blaise castle

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).


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Rating of 3.33333333307/07/2006649Google Earth Logo
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Drum Castle

Drum Castle

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...
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Plassenburg

Plassenburg

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...
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Castello di Fontanellato, Parma

Castello di Fontanellato, Parma

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".
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Reggia di Colorno, Parma

Reggia di Colorno, Parma

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.
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Castello di Felino, Parma

Castello di Felino, Parma

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...
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Saddams Babylon Palace

Saddams Babylon Palace

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'...
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Citadel of Port Louis

Citadel of Port Louis

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.

http://www.blavet.co.uk/port%20louis%2...
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Castello di Torrechiara, Parma

Castello di Torrechiara, Parma

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.
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Reggia di Caserta

Reggia di Caserta

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.
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Summer Palace, Beijing

Summer Palace, Beijing

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...
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Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle

Heidelberg Castle and the old City of Heidelberg.
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Draculas Castle

Draculas Castle

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.
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Hughenden Manor

Hughenden Manor

Home of British Prime minister Benjamin Disraeli from 1847 to 1881
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Castle Beck Kirchhellen

Castle Beck Kirchhellen

Park for Kids, nice castle
http://www.schloss-beck.de/
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Saddams Palace

Saddams Palace

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....
....More inside
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Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena in Porto Palermo Albania

Castle of Ali Pasha Tepelena in Porto Palermo Albania

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.
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Riga Castle

Riga Castle

Riga Castle was founded in 1330 and is the official residence of the President of Latvia as well as home to several museums.
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Barton Manor and Maze

Barton Manor and Maze

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...
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Gediminas Castle, Vilnius

Gediminas Castle, Vilnius

Gediminas Castle is an important state and historic symbol of Vilnius and Lithuania: it is depicted on the national currency, the Litas, and mentioned in numerous Lithuanian patriotic poems and folk songs.
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Kaunas Castle

Kaunas Castle

Kaunas Castle is considered the oldest castle in Lithuania. About a third of the castle survives today.

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Kaunas Castle is located in Kaunas, Lithuania. Archeological evidence suggests that it was originally built during the mid-14th century, in the Gothic style. Its site is strategic – a rise on the banks of the Nemunas River near its confluence with...
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Kisimul Castle, Barra

Kisimul Castle, Barra

At almost 1000 years old, Kisimul is one of the oldest castles in europe, and has never fallen to an enemy.
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Castle Hambach

Castle Hambach

Location where Germanys way to democracy began with the Hambacher Fest in 1832.

http://www.hambacher-schloss.de/html_en/
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Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana Castle

Ljubljana Castle dates from the 11th century, when a fort was built on the remains of prehistoric settlements.
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