Achillion Palace in Corfu

Achillion Palace in Corfu

The Achillion Palace (also spelled as Achilleion) is a palace in Gastouri, on the Greek island of Corfu. The Achillion’s other name, the ‘Sisi Palace’, derives from its original owner – it was constructed for Empress Elisabeth of Austria, whose nickname was ‘Sisi’. Today, this magnificent palace functions as a museum run by the Greek … Read more

Rooms in a Medieval Castle

Medieval castles were undeniably powerful defensive fortifications, designed to protect a territory from attack by enemy forces, but they also had a domestic function. As the seat of power for lords and monarchs, medieval castles were often large enough to house a considerable staff, as well as members of the court and important guests. As … Read more

Minoan Palace of Knossos

Knossos Palace in Crete

One of Greece’s most famous palaces is the Minoan Palace of Knossos located at the island of Crete. Find here a complete guide to the Palace of Knossos to plan your visit. A Guide to Visiting the Minoan Palace of Knossos History of the Minoan Palace of Knossos Knossos is a large Bronze Age archaeological … Read more

Best Castles on Airbnb

Are you looking to spice up your stay for your next vacation? Rather than looking at a drab hotel or a noisy hostel, take yourself to Airbnb. The site has some of the most unique accommodations you can find, no matter where you are in the world. The pinnacle of cool and unique accommodations on … Read more

Best Virtual Tours of Castles

Castles in France Palace of Versailles

Castles throughout history have been built in some of the most stunning and inaccessible locations, not only to make them powerful defensive fortifications, but also in order to impress and inspire the local population. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy these spectacular structures – below is a list of virtual tours that allow you … Read more

Castle Design Through the Middle Ages

Welsh Castles Caernarfon-Castle

From their origins in the 9th and 10th centuries, castles grew to be a key feature of the landscape in medieval Europe. In this feudal society, based around land ownership and service, securing possession of territory was crucial to lords and nobles being able to maintain their social, economic and political position. It was into … Read more

18 Spectacular Castles on a Cliff

Many castles take advantage of natural features of the local landscape in which they are built in order to increase their defensive power – some are built on lakes and islands, and others use rivers to act as moats. However, perhaps the most spectacular natural feature that castles are built on is cliffsides and clifftops. … Read more

Roman Forts

Hadrians Wall - Chesters Roman Fort

Roman forts, known in Latin as Castrum (plural Castra), were designated plots of land used as military encampments. Throughout the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, forts varied greatly in size, from the large legionary forts designed to accommodate an entire legion (4,200 infantry and 300 cavalry), to much smaller encampments for cohorts or auxiliary … Read more