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    Posted: 10-Feb-2010 at 07:00

In case your country lacks them , no problem.  You can show your favorite foreign ones Big smile

 
Here are some medieval castles from the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg :
 

Water castle the Muiderslot, Netherlands ( 13th century) 

Bouillon, Belgium. The castle of Godfried of Bouillon, leader of the first crusade (1099)

ruler of the kingdom of Jeruzalem

 
 
 
 Castle of Vianden , Luxemburg ( 1100-1300 AD)


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  Quote opuslola Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Feb-2010 at 07:29
Great photo's! Thanks!

"Bouillon, Belgium. The castle of Godfried of Bouillon, leader of the first crusade (1099)
ruler of the kingdom of Jeruzalem"

Concerning Godfried, I think everyone shoud take the time to read about him and his acts! Certainly one of the best stories ever told!

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  Quote Cyrus Shahmiri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Feb-2010 at 09:43
There are a large number of castles and citadels in Iran, for example look at this one which is said to be built in the Sassanid period and was inhabited until 150 years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rayen_Castle
 
 
Rayn Citadel in Kerman
 
It has all characteristics of a medieval Persian city, there are residental houses, stores, bazaar, military units, squares, fortress, religious buildings, Zurkhaneh (traditional Persian gymnasium), stables, schools, ... It also consists of the public quarter and the aristocratic zone.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  Quote Kanas_Krumesis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10-Feb-2010 at 12:58

Cyrus Shahmiri, can you send some from citadel of Bam before earthquake.

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Of course, however it is a sad reminder of that deadly earthquake!
 
 
 
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Hunedoara, the biggest castle in Romania


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  Quote Sander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2010 at 16:09

The castle posted above had Vlad Tepes /Vlad Dracula as guest . He was imprisoned there for some time.

 
More castles.
 
In the middle of Gent, Belgium. Castle Gravensteen (built by the Counts of Flanders c. 1100 AD ) :
 

 

 

The below castle (Urquhart , 1300's)  is ruined but that  does not hurt the reputation of the lake at all. Loch Ness, Scotland:

 
 
 
 


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  Quote Menumorut Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-Feb-2010 at 22:33
No Sander, Hunedoara castle actually has no connection with Vlad Tepes. It was built by Hunyad-Corvin family of (Romanian-Hungarian) Transylvanian nobles in 14-15th centuries.

This is Poienari, a castle (14-15th centuries) completed and inhabited by Vlad Tepes:


http://www.flickr.com/photos/iwriteplays/970360351/in/set-72157601133501654/




And this is Râșnov castle built by Teutonic knights and Saxon peasants in 13-14th centuries


http://www.flickr.com/photos/14274348@N05/1463198861/

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  Quote Sander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Feb-2010 at 17:43
Originally posted by Menomerut

No Sander, Hunedoara castle actually has no connection with Vlad Tepes. It was built by Hunyad-Corvin family of (Romanian-Hungarian) Transylvanian nobles in 14-15th centuries.
 
 
About my statement he was imprisoned there; such is widely claimed by many (internet) sources. For example :

Few people know that Hunedoara is actually the castle where Vlad the Impaler, the man who gave inspiration to Hollywood's version of Dracula, was imprisoned during the fifteenth century…

Leaving his calling card - the impaling stick - Vlad turned back but only to find the Ottoman troops ready to attack and capture him. Vlad could not be subdued by the armies and his stepbrother Radu was left to fight the Ottoman troops. The Hungarians gave up on Vlad and had one of their men, Matthias Cornivus, imprison Vlad in Hunedoara castle for crimes against the Turks...

 
 
But that version might be merely popular stuff. I checked a few professional papers and they  speak of an imprisonment elsewhere. The paper below (Nandris 1966 )for example states he was imprisoned in Buda , Hungary :
 
 
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Moreover, the revenge of the Transylvanian Saxons created for him a "bad press" in the West and caused his imprisonment in Buda by order of Matthias Corvinus (1458-1490). It is of interest to mention that under this king the Szeklers (Sâcui), who had been settled in the eastern corner of Transylvania as frontier guards, revolted in 1461, 1463, and 1465 against the abuses of the king and tried to reduce his authority…..
 
Source :

Grigore Nandris. “The Historical Dracula: The Theme of His Legend in the Western and in the Eastern Literatures of Europe.”  Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 3, No. 4 (1966), pp. 367-396  Penn State University Press (quoted passage is from p. 371)

 
I rephrase my statement to “ many sources claim Vlad Tepes was imprisoned at Hunedoara castle , but other ones claim another location".

 
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  Quote Cyrus Shahmiri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Feb-2010 at 06:11

This one is the only castle which is considered as a wonder of the world: http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Wonder-of-the-World built about 2,000 years ago:

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  Quote opuslola Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07-Apr-2010 at 10:00
The mention of the family who used the Raven as their symbol (Corvus, Corvin, Corvinus, etc.) is interesting. As I have suggested in other places, I feel this symbol, as sometimes, and mostly by accident, given the atrribution of being an Eagle! And, even the famous "bicephalous" ones!

Example; http://www.ville-munster68.fr/histoire_patrimoine/en/iso_album/aigle_bicephale_(gif)_1.gif

I make this statement because the Raven and its cousins, are the birds that first come to a battle field, to feed upon the dead! I even believe that they are also believed to eat the eyes of the dead first!

Needless to say such activities would have tended to make this strange and intelligent bird, attractive to warriors! And, thus to the adoption of this as a warrior symbol!

Just my two cents worth!

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Water castle Haarzuylens, Netherlands , 14th century
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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Baba Vida
 
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Tsarevets - the capital of Second Bulgarian empire
 
 
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Lovech fortress- Second Bulgarian kingdom
 
 
 
 
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Ovech fortress (modern city of Provadiya)- First and Second Bulgarian kingdom
 
 
 
 
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Some Saxon peasant castles from Transylvania:


Harman / Honigberg


http://www.flickr.com/photos/tudorseulean/2958665143/




Viscri / Deutschweisskirch


http://www.flickr.com/photos/guukaa/4019241539/




Rupea / Reps


http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucibalica/2924221363/

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  Quote tzar Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-May-2010 at 11:25
Kanas_Krumesis  Are you from Lovech?

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  Quote opuslola Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-May-2010 at 08:31
It is a shame to see so many of these old structures with trees growing from them! The tree roots, are slowly weakening the structures and will eventually undermine all of the walls, leaving only a jumble of stones!

Such a shame! Well we will at least have photos!

Thanks for all of the great ones already posted!

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  Quote Cyrus Shahmiri Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-May-2010 at 07:49

The largest mud castle by volume in the world:

Ancient six storey castle of Narin which has an area of 350,000 square meters (500x700 meters) and a height of 43 meters:

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Kangra Fort ruins 1009 AD , India.









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