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Roman Forts

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Roman forts, known in Latin as Castrum (plural Castra), were designated plots of land used as military encampments. Throughout the Roman Republic and the…

Castles of Sintra

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Sintra is an enchanting Portuguese city, just an hour away from Lisbon. It has been one of the most visited cities in Portugal for…

10 Castles with Turrets to Visit

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Deriving from the Latin turris meaning ‘tower’ and the Italian Torretta meaning ‘little tower’, turrets were small towers added onto existing structures in castles,…

Renaissance Palaces

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Known for marking the transition from the middle ages to the early modern period, the Italian Renaissance revolutionized many aspects of our society. Although…

Castle Dungeons

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Castle dungeons have a fearsome reputation in the modern imagination – they are dark, subterranean prisons, where unfortunate captives would be held in squalid…

Castle Towers

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Throughout the medieval period castles were built in a huge variety of styles and with many different functions – there were simple wooden motte-and-bailey…