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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…

Castle Curtain Walls

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Curtain walls, defensive walls between two towers or bastions, were an intrinsic part of many medieval castles and fortifications. From simple motte-and-bailey castles with…

Medieval Castle Layout

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Medieval castles served as both fortresses and luxurious homes for nobility. While we often define castles primarily in terms of fortification and defense from…

Castle Turrets

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Castle turrets are essentially small towers that were built into medieval castle fortifications, most typically walls and towers. The name ‘turret’ comes from the…

Castle Gatehouse

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As the name suggests, gatehouses acted as the primary entrance to a medieval castle. Usually, a relatively large building set into the curtain wall…

Shell Keep Castles

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Shell keep castles are an interesting development in the medieval castle, as they are relatively rare, and varied quite considerably in form and function….

Star Forts

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Star forts were powerful fortifications designed to resist gunpower siege weaponry, that developed in the very late medieval and early modern period. Despite their…