Castles & Manor Houses

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Almodovar Castle, Almodóvar del Río, Province of Córdoba, Spain.
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It is situated 15 miles (24 km) from Córdoba, on the left bank of the Guadalquivir.
The Moors built a castle here on the site of  a Roman fort. The current structure has Berber origins, and dates from the year 760. During the Middle Ages, the castle underwent several periods of reconstruction.

Almodovar Castle, Almodóvar del Río, Province of Córdoba, Spain.

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It is situated 15 miles (24 km) from Córdoba, on the left bank of the Guadalquivir.

The Moors built a castle here on the site of  a Roman fort. The current structure has Berber origins, and dates from the year 760. During the Middle Ages, the castle underwent several periods of reconstruction.

Château du Rivau,  Lémeré (Indre-et-Loire), Touraine, France. 
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In Rabelais’ Gargantua, it was given to captain Tolmere as a reward for his victories in the Picrocholean Wars.
In 1429, towards the end of the Hundred Years’ War, before the siege of Orleans, Joan of Arc and her followers came to fetch horses from Le Rivau, renowned for the quality of the war horses that were raised there.

Château du Rivau,  Lémeré (Indre-et-Loire), Touraine, France. 

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In Rabelais’ Gargantua, it was given to captain Tolmere as a reward for his victories in the Picrocholean Wars.

In 1429, towards the end of the Hundred Years’ War, before the siege of Orleans, Joan of Arc and her followers came to fetch horses from Le Rivau, renowned for the quality of the war horses that were raised there.

Ham House, Ham, London, England.
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Ham House is situated beside the River Thames south of Richmond. It is claimed by the National Trust to be “unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power.”

Ham House, Ham, London, England.

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Ham House is situated beside the River Thames south of Richmond. It is claimed by the National Trust to be “unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th century fashion and power.”

Waldeck Castle, Dorweiler, Dommershausen, Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate. Germany.
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William I of Heinzenberg built the fortress in 1150  establishing the house of “Boos-Waldeck”. This was the main seat of the Hunsrück Family Boos.
The mediaeval castle saw several wars, and was partially destroyed by the French (1689) in the course of the Nine Years’ War. The castle was in use until 1833 when the family of Boos von Waldeck sold its holdings in the Rhineland.

Waldeck Castle, Dorweiler, Dommershausen, Rhein-Hunsrück-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate. Germany.

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William I of Heinzenberg built the fortress in 1150  establishing the house of “Boos-Waldeck”. This was the main seat of the Hunsrück Family Boos.

The mediaeval castle saw several wars, and was partially destroyed by the French (1689) in the course of the Nine Years’ War. The castle was in use until 1833 when the family of Boos von Waldeck sold its holdings in the Rhineland.

Château de Germolles, Mellecey, Burgundy, France.
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The Château de Germolles is the best preserved of the residences of the Dukes of Burgundy. Built during the second part of the 14th century, it is important for the history of the region and a rare example of a well-preserved surviving 14th Century French castle. 
It has been listed as a Historic monument since 1989.

Château de Germolles, Mellecey, Burgundy, France.

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The Château de Germolles is the best preserved of the residences of the Dukes of Burgundy. Built during the second part of the 14th century, it is important for the history of the region and a rare example of a well-preserved surviving 14th Century French castle. 

It has been listed as a Historic monument since 1989.

The Torre del Oro ( “Gold Tower”) is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain, built by the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.
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Constructed in the first third of the 13th century, the tower served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the golden reflection it cast on the river.

The tower is in three levels,  the third and uppermost  circular in plan and added only in 1769. 

The Torre del Oro ( “Gold Tower”) is a dodecagonal military watchtower in Seville, southern Spain, built by the Almohad dynasty in order to control access to Seville via the Guadalquivir river.

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Constructed in the first third of the 13th century, the tower served as a prison during the Middle Ages. Its name comes from the golden reflection it cast on the river.

The tower is in three levels,  the third and uppermost  circular in plan and added only in 1769. 

Citadelle de Sisteron
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Sisteron has been inhabited for 4000 years. The Romans used the route through it. It was later ravaged by the Saracens. It was first fortified by the Counts of Forcalquier in the 11th century and became the northern boundary of the domain of the Counts of Provence. In 1483 during the reign of Louis XI, Sisteron was annexed by the kingdom of France. Between 1562 and 1594 the town and its citadelle was fought over by Protestants and Catholics including two sieges. During this time the walls of the town were built.

Citadelle de Sisteron

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Sisteron has been inhabited for 4000 years. The Romans used the route through it. It was later ravaged by the Saracens. It was first fortified by the Counts of Forcalquier in the 11th century and became the northern boundary of the domain of the Counts of Provence. In 1483 during the reign of Louis XI, Sisteron was annexed by the kingdom of France. Between 1562 and 1594 the town and its citadelle was fought over by Protestants and Catholics including two sieges. During this time the walls of the town were built.

Wasserschloss Haus Bodelschwingh
Mengede, Dortmund, Germany.
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Wasserschloss Haus Bodelschwingh (Bodelschwingh Castle) is a moated castle, built in the 13th century by the family of Bodelschwingh (it is now owned by the family Knyphausen)
Bodelschwinghstraße castle is located near to the water tower house Dellwig and the moated castle Haus Rodenberg the largest and most important water castle in Dortmund.
Near the castle there developed a settlement which kept its independence until 1928. Today, the district of Bodelschwingh belongs to the municipality of Mengede.
The castle is registered as a historic landmark in the list of monuments of the city of Dortmund.

Wasserschloss Haus Bodelschwingh

Mengede, Dortmund, Germany.

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Wasserschloss Haus Bodelschwingh (Bodelschwingh Castle) is a moated castle, built in the 13th century by the family of Bodelschwingh (it is now owned by the family Knyphausen)

Bodelschwinghstraße castle is located near to the water tower house Dellwig and the moated castle Haus Rodenberg the largest and most important water castle in Dortmund.

Near the castle there developed a settlement which kept its independence until 1928. Today, the district of Bodelschwingh belongs to the municipality of Mengede.

The castle is registered as a historic landmark in the list of monuments of the city of Dortmund.