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Spanish Prince Palace

Spanish Prince Palace

the house of the spanish prince (principe de asturias)
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Spanish King Palace

Spanish King Palace

The House of the Spanish King, Juan Carlos I (Zarzuela Palace)
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Bazoches castle

Bazoches castle

Standing 10 km from Vézelay, Castle of Bazoches was built in XIIe century. Maréchal de Vauban owned it in 1675, and then a lot of new fitting out were done. The old castle turned to be an elegant and luxurious residence while a new military garrison was built near by.
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Spesbourg castle

Spesbourg castle

The general aspect points out the castle of XIIIe century, with a keep of approximately 24 m whose access is not possible that by a door placed high.But the side of "the attack", at North, does not present the usual profile points some that one exposed since 1200 to the attacker to deviate the projectiles. Quite to the contrary, Spesbourg proposes only one broad flat wall, a wall "shield" of wh...
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Pirou Castle

Pirou Castle

Established on a site strengthened during the invasions Normans, the castle of Pirou rises on a mound in the medium of an artificial pond. Its high sandstone and schist walls go up in XIIe century. In the interior court, two home distinct remain, leaned with the ramparts: The old castle built under Henri IV and the new castle pennies Louis XIV in 1708. One may have heard of the "grey geeses" le...
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Loches Castle

Loches Castle

Loches constituted during all the Middle Age a strategic place of first order. Located at the borders of Poitou, Touraine and Berry, planted on a long rocky outcrop, it attracted initially the covetousness of the dukes of Aquitaine, of the counts of Blois-Chartres and those of Anjou. It was then the stake of a rough fight between Capétiens and Plantagenets. It was used a long time as residence ...
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Sagonne Castle

Sagonne Castle

The castle of Sagonne was inhabited by the counts de Sancerre, Amboise, then by Gabrielle d' Estrées and Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the architect of the castle of Versailles. It is separated from a medieval village by an enclosure and ditches. The enormous keep shelters a vault and two rooms with painted decoration. Weapons and memories of those which remained with the castle of Sagonne are presented
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Blandy-les-tours Castle

Blandy-les-tours Castle

With the origin stronghold of Aurélien, companion of Clovis, the castle of Blandy les Tours was rebuilt in XVIe century by François II of Orleans which made a residence of pleasure of it. The princess of Clèves was maried here in 1572 in the presence of the future Henri IV. After the restorations of the XVIIe century, the castle was dismantled and converted into farm. The powerful keep draws up...
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Murol Castle

Murol Castle

Built over a basaltic cone, the castle dominates the surroundings. Built in XIIIe century, the fortress belonged to the families of Murol and Estaing. It remains one of the most beautiful medieval ruins of Auvergne. The Companions of Gabriel revive the castle by refitting it, by refurnishing it and by animating it with characters in costumes.
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Beersel Castle

Beersel Castle

Built in 1300, this castle is a perfect example of lowland belgium castles
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Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle

One of the most majestic building in UK. Construction started in 1119 and was continuously upgraded and modified until 1822
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Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle

In 1385, Edward Dalyngrigge, a future royal adviser and veteran of the wars with France, receipt the permission of the king to build a castle on its manor of Bodiam. The building which it built, although maintaining a ruin, is one of the castles most celebrated in England. It is visited each year by more than 170.000 people, and the images of its walls and turns, peacefully reflected in water o...
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Castelnaud Castle

Castelnaud Castle

Perched with hillside on left bank of the Dordogne, Castelnaud dominates the small borough coiled with its feet. Its former owners, vassal of kings of England, opposed a long time to their neighbors, the lords de Beynac, faithful to kings de France. If the protagonists of these remote quarrels have all disappeared, the two fortresses always continue their immutable face to face, like a mineral ...
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Beynac Castle

Beynac Castle

It is undoubtedly from the course of the Dordogne that the fortress appears most impressive. Standing on an inaccessible rock piton that it seems to prolong in the same vertical dash, it draws up its high silhouette above the small commune of Beynac-and-Cazenac and defies since centuries its rival planted on left bank of the river: the place of Castelnaud.
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Roquetaillade Castle

Roquetaillade Castle

Roquetaillade, in the heart of Aquitaine, is an architectural unit composed of two XIIe century castles and beginning of XIVe, both inside the same enclosure. The same family occupies it since 1306. Two significant restorations marked its history: that of the Rebirth which left monumental chimneys in particular and that of Viollet-le duc, at the XIXe century, which transformed the building into...
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Villandraut Castle

Villandraut Castle

Villandraut constitutes with the close castle of Roquetaillade an example among purest to architecture castrale of the years 1300 in Guyenne: the influence of the castles built by Édouard III of England in Wales, itself marked of the originating seal philippien is manifest there. It has the immense advantage, compared to its neighbor, not to be restored. But, beyond its military carapace, the c...
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Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

Dominating the plain of Alsace to more than 700 meters of altitude, the fortress of Haut-Koenigsbourg counts with the number of the jewels bequeathed by the medieval builders. Very faithfully restored at the beginning of the XXe century, it preserves however the sober aspect of a large feudal castle.
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La Hunadaye Castle

La Hunadaye Castle

Located at the border of Penthièvre and the county of Dinan, this imposing castle pointed out the power of the Duke of Brittany and Tournemine, trusty servant of the Duchy. Destroyed in 1341, at the time of the war of succession of Brittany, of the first castle of XIIIe century, there remain only some vestiges. Rebuilt in XVe century, it holds account of the technical innovations as indicates i...
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Tonquedec castle

Tonquedec castle

The imposing ruins of the castle of Tonquédec are drawn up in a beautiful decoration, on a headland dominating the valley of Bequeathing. The castle, high at the beginning of XIIIe century, was dismantled by order of Jean IV in 1395. Rebuilt at the beginning of XVe century, it is again dismantled by order of Richelieu in 1622.

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Fort-La-Latte Castle

Fort-La-Latte Castle

Built in XIV century, this fortress is a pink sandstone ship standing in a unique location. Transformed into a coast-defence between 1690 and 1715, Castle La Latte (or La Roche-Goyon)remains a fortified castle. The XIVth century defence system is still in place : curtains, towers, drawbridges ans dungeon have travelled down the ages. Listed historic building.
Various movies have been sho...
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La Roche-Guyon Castle

La Roche-Guyon Castle

Built at the end of XI century, the primary fortress stands proudly at the very edge of a cliff surrounded by a double near-by enclosure. As the the main worcraft is dug inside of the cliff, a second castle was built just at the bottom of it with underpaths to join both. This donwside castle was extended in XVI and XVII centuries by the La Rochefoucauld family and mainly by Duchess d'Enville. T...
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Fere-en-tardenois castles

Fere-en-tardenois castles

A triple building stands on this site:
1)The old fortress = Robert II, Count de Dreux and of Braine, husband of Yolande de Coucy, starts to build the fortress in 1206. This fortress stands on an artificial fully stone paved hill.
2)The new residence = Built by the Constable Anne de Montmorency in 1539. This work transforms the fortress into more pleasant residence.
3)The...
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Gravelines - La cite

Gravelines - La cite

Located Northern coast of France between Calais and Dunkirk, this town was known as Flanders Portal.

Fortified by Charles-Quint in XV century then reinforced by Vauban in XVI century, it remains in memories for being the place where the Great Armada's was defeated by English fleet
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Rocroi - La cite

Rocroi - La cite

One of Vauban's Northern masterpieces, Rocroi is still known as the "star" city
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Chinon - Le chateau

Chinon - Le chateau

Built in XII century by Henry II Plantagenet, this castle remains famous for having been the last royal residence of poor king Charles VII in a very sad era of History. It was there that Joan of Ark found the king and brings him back to confidence before starting her own march to victory
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