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Newark Castle

Newark Castle

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newark_Castle%2C_Nottinghamshire)

Newark Castle, in Newark, Nottinghamshire, England, is said to have been founded by Egbert, king of the West Saxons, was partly rebuilt and greatly extended by Alexander, consecrated Bishop of Lincoln in 1123, who established it as a mint. His rebuild here was probably the model ...
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Ottrott Twin Castles

Ottrott Twin Castles

The castles of Ottrott were built on the plateau of Elsberg about 500 metres in height. Two ruins, separated hardly from about fifty metres, raise themselves nowadays in this place: the "Rathsamhausen" on the West of the site and the "Lutzelbourg" in the East.

Recent searches allowed to unearth the bases of a primitive castle situated between the current ruins of both castles. Th...
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Sasayama Castle

Sasayama Castle

The Sasayama Castle at its town center was built in 1609 by the order of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. The Sasayama town was between the then capital Kyoto and Western Japan, and Ieyasu wanted to build a castle there quickly because of the location and his war strategy. The major construction works were mostly completed within the year.
Sasayama, while being influenced str...
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Wasenbourg Castle

Wasenbourg Castle

Located 400 meters in height on the northwest hillside of Reisberg, the Wasenbourg castle is one of the most beautiful and romantic ruins of North Vosges.

Although its origins are fairly obscure, the historians attribute generally its construction, by 1273, to Conrad III de Lichtenberg then bishop of the city of Strasbourg.

The castle is quoted first time in a cha...
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Saverne Castles

Saverne Castles

Further to the conflagration which partially destroyed in 1779 the first stronghold dating of the XIIth century, the Cardinal de Rohan decides on the construction of a new palace in 1780, and appealed to the architect Salins de Montfort which steers the works until 1790.

Although the main part of works as well as the roof are finished, bas-reliefs and inside arrangement remain ...
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Kientzheim enclosure

Kientzheim enclosure

Kientzheim (Conesheim) is quoted as of 785.
Various seigniories shared it during the Middle Age, most of the time it depended on the seigniory of Hohlandsberg which belonged to the Habsbourg.
The village was pawned to the Count of Lupfen in the 15th century. This one established himself there, had the castle built, surrounded the village with ramparts towards 1430 and conferred to...
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Kaysersberg Castle

Kaysersberg Castle

The castle was built for Albin Woelflin, imperial bailiff for Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, around 1220. The site was acquired in 1227 by the lords of Horbourg and Ribeaupierre. It had an important strategic role as it allowed the Empire to close off one of the routes across the Vosges Mountains towards Lorraine. The circular keep is the oldest part of the castle and one of the first of thi...
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Ramstein Castle

Ramstein Castle

Ramstein Castle (chateau du Ramstein also known as "Le Ramstein") is a ruined castle in the commune of Scherwiller, in the Bas-Rhin département of France. Its name is probably derived from the German Ram (crow) and Stein (stone) and signifies 'rock of the crow'.

Ramstein Castle is built on the same crest as the Ortenbourg Castle. Standing at an altitude of 384 m, it is dominated ...
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Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle (Welsh: Castell Rhaglan) is a significant late medieval castle located just north of the village of at Raglan in the county of Monmouthshire in south east Wales. Its origins lie in the 12th century but the ruins visible today date from the 15th century and later. It is likely that the early castle followed the motte-and-bailey design of most castles of this period and location and...
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Ortenbourg Castle

Ortenbourg Castle

Ortenbourg Castle lies west of the village of Scherwiller in the Bas-Rhin province in France. This area is also known as the Northern Alsace or the Middle Vosges.

The silhouette of Ortenbourg Castle rises up at the entrance of the Liepvre valley, at the end of a granite peak of the Rittersberg mountain (443 meters high). The well known Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle can easily be seen...
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Odratzheim Castle

Odratzheim Castle

Odratzheim Manor (also known as Chateau-Geraudon) was built by Joseph Massol in 1765 for Augustin Pierre Geraudon, the royal war superintendant.
It was probably built on the remains of an older castle.

The right side chariot gate originate from the old mill as far as the 1624 keystone is decorated with a mill paddle wheel. The left side chariot gate is from 1560 and prob...
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Haut-Barr Castle

Haut-Barr Castle

Haut-Barr (German:Hohbarr) Castle is a medieval castle, first built in 1100, above the city of Saverne in the French département of Bas-Rhin. It was built on sandstone rock 460m above the valley of Zorn and the plain of Alsace. Because of this, it has been called the eye of Alsace.

On several occasions it was expanded by the bishops of Strasbourg.

The Peace of West...
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Andlau Castle

Andlau Castle

Andlau's Castle is a medieval castle in the commune of Andlau, in the Bas-Rhin département of France.

Constructed on a narrow granite outcrop at an altitude of 451 m (~1466 ft), the Haut-Andlau dominates the valleys of Andlau and Kirneck. The castle was built from granite blocks, very certainly by Eberhard d'Andlau between 1246 and 1264. In 1678, after the joining of Alsace to Fr...
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Dragsholm Castle

Dragsholm Castle

Dragsholm Castle (Danish: Dragsholm Slot) is a fortification and Noble residence on the Danish island of Zealand. Construction was started by the Bishop of Roskilde in the twelfth century. It was also used as state prison.

James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, consort of Mary, Queen of Scots met his end here, as a prisoner for allmost 5 years of King Frederik. He was caught in Nor...
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Fleckenstein Castle

Fleckenstein Castle

Fleckenstein Castle is located in the commune of Lembach, in the Bas-Rhin département of France. This fortress, built in the shape of 52 m long boat, has a long history. The castle was built on a sandstone summit in the Middle Ages. An ingenious system for collecting rainwater fed a cistern and a hoist allowed water and other loads to be moved to the upper floors.

A castle is kno...
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Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

The Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle is located at Orschwiller, Alsace, France, in the Vosges mountains just West of Selestat. The castle is nestled at a strategic location on a high hill overlooking the Alsatian plain; as a result it was used by successive powers from the Middle Ages until the Thirty Years' War when it was abandoned. In 1900 it was restored under the direction of Emperor Wilhelm II. T...
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Le Bernstein Castle

Le Bernstein Castle

The Bernstein Castle is a castle in the commune of Dambach-la-ville, in the Bas-Rhin département of France. It is situated at an altitude of 557m (~1810ft).

Originally, the castle belonged to the Counts of Eguisheim Dabo. After the siege of 1227 it became the property of the bishop of Strasbourg and seat of the episcopal bailiffs until 1580. Abandoned from this date, the building...
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Nyborg Castle

Nyborg Castle

The present Nyborg Castle's history dates back to around 1200. The dense, low tower and the basement of the castle building are the remains of the original fortress, which was surrounded by a 1.5-metre thick ring wall with semicircular corners.

Due to its central location, the fortress became the site of the so-called Danehof assembly meetings of the nation’s most powerful men f...
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Ledreborg Castle

Ledreborg Castle

Ledreborg was built in 1740-1745, by Lensgreve Johan Ludwig Holstein, the then leader of the Danish Chancellery, under Christian VI.

The estate has now been in the hands of the Holstein-Ledreborg family for more than 250 years, and the palace contains a unique collection of furniture and paintings, almost untouched since being founded.

Enjoy the view from, the kn...
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Krenkerup Manor

Krenkerup Manor

The first historic reference to Krenkerup dates from 1367. It was the main village farm and the building is presumed to have been of an oak timber frame construction. The oldest part of the present structure dates back to 1480 and composed a one storey house on solid foundations and built by Eskild Gøye. This structure is now integrated in the eastern part of the north wing.

The ...
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Koldinghus Castle

Koldinghus Castle

Koldinghus is the last of the ancient royal castles on the peninsula of Jutland, Denmark. The castle is situated on the south central part of the peninsula in the town of Kolding. The castle was founded in the 11th century and was expanded over the course of centuries and has since then had many functions ranging from fortress, royal residency, ruin, museum and the location of numerous wartime ...
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Kalo Castle remains

Kalo Castle remains

Kalo Castle was build around 1313 as one of four in Jutland by the danish King Erik Menved.

The castle was, among others, a state prison. The swedish King Gustav Vasa was imprisoned here 1518 to 1520 whe succeded to escape to Lübeck.

1660 it wasn't in use anymore and it was demolished. Bricks were transported to Copenhagen to build the new Charlottenborg Castle at ...
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Jaegerspris Castle

Jaegerspris Castle

Jaegerspris Castle was bought by danish King Frederik VII in 1874. Here the king lived with the love of his life, the Countess Danner.

After his death the Countess Danner inherited the castle and bequeathed it to a fund for 'helpless and abandoned girls from common families'. Most of the castle was built in the 1700s. Some rooms in the castle can still be seen with Frederik VII ...
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Nemours castle

Nemours castle

Built in the 12th century, the castle was the main part of the defence of the fortified town. To begin with, the castle’s original vocation was to provide a resting place for Lords returning from the Crusades. Altered in the 15th century by the Duke of Nemours who turned it into a residential building, and again in the 17th century, since when the château’s appearance has remained unchanged. In...
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Queens Sconce Newark UK

Queens Sconce Newark UK

The Queen's Sconce, named in respect of Charles loyal wife Queen Henrietta who passed through Newark in June 1643, and part of the pair of sconces guarding the town, covered an area a little over 3 acres. It is square with arrow head bastions at each corner, "surrounded by a large ditch up to 30 feet wide and between 12 and 15 feet deep, with a flat bottom and steep sides.' The whole constructi...
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