Castles & Manor Houses

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Deal Castle, Deal, Kent, England.
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One of the most impressive of the Device Forts or Henrician Castles built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion, brought about by the alliance between Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King Francis I of France in 1538.

Deal Castle, Deal, Kent, England.

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One of the most impressive of the Device Forts or Henrician Castles built by Henry VIII between 1539 and 1540 as an artillery fortress to counter the threat of invasion, brought about by the alliance between Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King Francis I of France in 1538.

Corvin Castle, also known as Corvins’ Castle, Hunyad Castle or Hunedoara Castle
[Castelul Huniazilor or Castelul Corvinilor (Romanian)] [Vajdahunyad vára (Hungarian)]
Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania
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Corvin Castle was built mainly in Gothic style, but has Renaissance architectural elements. It features tall  strong defence towers, an interior yard and a drawbridge. Built on the site of an older fortification on a rock above the Zlaști River, the castle is a large and imposing building with tall  diversely coloured roofs and towers.

Corvin Castle, also known as Corvins’ Castle, Hunyad Castle or Hunedoara Castle

[Castelul Huniazilor or Castelul Corvinilor (Romanian)] [Vajdahunyad vára (Hungarian)]

Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania

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Corvin Castle was built mainly in Gothic style, but has Renaissance architectural elements. It features tall  strong defence towers, an interior yard and a drawbridge. Built on the site of an older fortification on a rock above the Zlaști River, the castle is a large and imposing building with tall  diversely coloured roofs and towers.

Château de Bridoire, Dordogne, Aquitane, France.
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A castle was built here before the 12th century. North, south and west sides are protected by steep rock. To the east, a gap between the castle and the plateau was crossed by a drawbridge.  In the 16th century, the drawbridge was replaced by a stone arched bridge.

Château de Bridoire, Dordogne, Aquitane, France.

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A castle was built here before the 12th century. North, south and west sides are protected by steep rock. To the east, a gap between the castle and the plateau was crossed by a drawbridge.  In the 16th century, the drawbridge was replaced by a stone arched bridge.

Schloss Hof (Hof Palace),
Engelhartstetten  (east of Vienna), Lower Austria.
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Schloss Hof  near the border of Slovakia. It once belonged to Prince Eugene of Savoy who purchased it in 1726, He had it enlarged in the Baroque style in 1729, and used it as an elaborate hunting lodge. He left it to a niece in his will, and it was later purchased by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and became part of the imperial estates.

Schloss Hof (Hof Palace),

Engelhartstetten  (east of Vienna), Lower Austria.

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Schloss Hof  near the border of Slovakia. It once belonged to Prince Eugene of Savoy who purchased it in 1726, He had it enlarged in the Baroque style in 1729, and used it as an elaborate hunting lodge. He left it to a niece in his will, and it was later purchased by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and became part of the imperial estates.

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Castillo de Gormaz
Location: Gormaz, Soria, Spain
c. 10th century
Spain never ceases to surprise me with it’s hidden treasures. I have visited Soria and surrounding villages and somehow missed this awesome 10th century Muslim fortress. Needless to say, I will be figuring this into my travel plans this fall for sure. 

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Castillo de Gormaz

Location: Gormaz, Soria, Spain

c. 10th century

Spain never ceases to surprise me with it’s hidden treasures. I have visited Soria and surrounding villages and somehow missed this awesome 10th century Muslim fortress. Needless to say, I will be figuring this into my travel plans this fall for sure. 

Dining Room, Longleat House
adjacent to the village of Horningsham, Wiltshire, England.
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Longleat is an English stately home and the seat of the Marquesses of Bath. It is noted for its Elizabethan country house, maze, landscaped parkland and safari park. The house is set in over 1,000 acres  of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, with 4,000 acres  of farmland and 4,000 acres of woodland.
It was the first stately home to open to the public.

Dining Room, Longleat House

adjacent to the village of Horningsham, Wiltshire, England.

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Longleat is an English stately home and the seat of the Marquesses of Bath. It is noted for its Elizabethan country house, maze, landscaped parkland and safari park. The house is set in over 1,000 acres  of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, with 4,000 acres  of farmland and 4,000 acres of woodland.

It was the first stately home to open to the public.

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, Prudhomat, Lot, France
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Construction began about 1100, under Hugues, baron of Castelnau, who built a wall around his manor. He was the ancestor of the powerful dynasty of Castelnau, who owned a rich and prosperous region and were vassals of the Counts of Toulouse.

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, Prudhomat, Lot, France

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Construction began about 1100, under Hugues, baron of Castelnau, who built a wall around his manor. He was the ancestor of the powerful dynasty of Castelnau, who owned a rich and prosperous region and were vassals of the Counts of Toulouse.

Château de Chenonceau
Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, France.
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The estate of Chenonceau is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river.
The bridge over the river was built (1556-1559) to designs by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l’Orme, and the gallery on the bridge (1570–1576) to the designs of Jean Bullant
The château has been classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. It is one of the most famous Loire Valley châteaux.

Château de Chenonceau

Chenonceau, Indre-et-Loire, France.

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The estate of Chenonceau is first mentioned in writing in the 11th century. The current château was built in 1514–1522 on the foundations of an old mill and was later extended to span the river.

The bridge over the river was built (1556-1559) to designs by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l’Orme, and the gallery on the bridge (1570–1576) to the designs of Jean Bullant

The château has been classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. It is one of the most famous Loire Valley châteaux.

chateau-termes:

Le canyon du Sou, emprunté par la D 40, entre le village de Termes et les Gorges du Termenet (les rochers au centre). Le château est à gauche. Cliché d’octobre 2011.

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Le canyon du Sou, emprunté par la D 40, entre le village de Termes et les Gorges du Termenet (les rochers au centre). Le château est à gauche. Cliché d’octobre 2011.

Ávila town walls, Province of Ávila, Castile and León, Spain.
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Ávila is notable for having complete and prominent medieval town walls, built in the Romanesque style. 
 ”perhaps the most 16th-century town in Spain”, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Ávila town walls, Province of Ávila, Castile and León, Spain.

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Ávila is notable for having complete and prominent medieval town walls, built in the Romanesque style. 

 ”perhaps the most 16th-century town in Spain”, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

Oravský Hrad, located above the Orava river in the village of Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia.
In English it is called Orava Castle, in German Arwaburg and in Hungarian: Árva vára)
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Orava Castle stands on the site of an old wooden fortification, built after the Mongol invasion of Hungary of 1241.The later design was in Romanesque and Gothic style. Later still it was reconstructed as a Renaissance and Neo-Gothic structure,.
Many scenes of the 1922 film Nosferatu were filmed here. After a period of dilapidation the castle became a national monument after World War II.

Oravský Hrad, located above the Orava river in the village of Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia.

In English it is called Orava Castle, in German Arwaburg and in Hungarian: Árva vára)

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Orava Castle stands on the site of an old wooden fortification, built after the Mongol invasion of Hungary of 1241.The later design was in Romanesque and Gothic style. Later still it was reconstructed as a Renaissance and Neo-Gothic structure,.

Many scenes of the 1922 film Nosferatu were filmed here. After a period of dilapidation the castle became a national monument after World War II.

chateau-termes:

Survol en drone des châteaux de Puilaurens, Peyrepertuse, Quéribus, etc… au cours des Journées du Patrimoine 2014, par Freeway Prod, pour le compte de la chaine de télévision France 2.

Toujours de spectaculaires images par ce vecteur de plus en plus populaire ! Pour rappel, Termes a déjà été filmé avec des drones. D’une part pour la réalisation des clips sur “Les Vins du Patrimoine”, d’autre part lors du reportage dans “Des Racines et des Ailes”, ici :

Little Moreton Hall,  southwest of Congleton in Cheshire, England.
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Little Moreton Hall, also known as Old Moreton Hall, is a moated half-timbered manor house. The earliest parts of the house were built for the Cheshire landowner William Moreton in about 1504–08. The remainder was constructed in stages by successive generations of the family until about 1610. The building is highly irregular, with three asymmetrical ranges forming a small, rectangular cobbled courtyard. A Long Gallery runs the length of the south range’s upper floor.
The house remained in the possession of the Moreton family for almost 450 years, until ownership was transferred to the National Trust in 1938. Little Moreton Hall and its sandstone bridge across the moat are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and the ground on which Little Moreton Hall stands is protected as a Scheduled Monument. The house has been fully restored and is open to the public from April to December each year.

Little Moreton Hall,  southwest of Congleton in Cheshire, England.

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Little Moreton Hall, also known as Old Moreton Hall, is a moated half-timbered manor house. The earliest parts of the house were built for the Cheshire landowner William Moreton in about 1504–08. The remainder was constructed in stages by successive generations of the family until about 1610. The building is highly irregular, with three asymmetrical ranges forming a small, rectangular cobbled courtyard. A Long Gallery runs the length of the south range’s upper floor.

The house remained in the possession of the Moreton family for almost 450 years, until ownership was transferred to the National Trust in 1938. Little Moreton Hall and its sandstone bridge across the moat are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building, and the ground on which Little Moreton Hall stands is protected as a Scheduled Monument. The house has been fully restored and is open to the public from April to December each year.