Castles & Manor Houses

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Wernigerode Castle
Harz mountains, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
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Wernigerode Castle (German: Schloss Wernigerode) is a castle located above the town of Wernigerode. The present-day building, finished in the late 19th century, is similar in style to Neuschwanstein Castle, though its foundations are much older.

Wernigerode Castle

Harz mountains, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

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Wernigerode Castle (German: Schloss Wernigerode) is a castle located above the town of Wernigerode. The present-day building, finished in the late 19th century, is similar in style to Neuschwanstein Castle, though its foundations are much older.

Il y a 800 ans... [série] : le 18 août 1214, fin du siège de Casseneuil !

chateau-termes:

Les croisés avaient commencé à investir Casseneuil vers le 28 juin 1214. Le siège qui se termine ce 18 août aura donc duré plus de 50 jours, soit 7 semaines. C’est le combat le plus long de l’année 1214 pour ce qui concerne la Croisade contre les Albigeois, la guerre qui nous intéresse ici.

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Comme l’enluminure extraite de la Bible de Maciejowski l’illustre… le siège se termine par la mise à sac de la cité par les croisés : pillage, mise à feu, massacres…

Schönbrunn Palace
Vienna, Austria
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Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence.

One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, it is one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna.
The palace and gardens reflect the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

Schönbrunn Palace

Vienna, Austria

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Schönbrunn Palace (Schloss Schönbrunn) is a former imperial 1,441-room Rococo summer residence.

One of the most important cultural monuments in the country, it is one of the major tourist attractions in Vienna.

The palace and gardens reflect the tastes, interests, and aspirations of successive Habsburg monarchs.

Schloss Berlepsch
Witzenhausen, Germany.
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Berlepsch Castle was built in 1298 by Arnold of Berlepsch, on behalf of the Landgrave of Hesse to protect this part of Hesse against encrouchments of the Duke of Brunswick.
The castle was rebuilt and extended in the 19th. century. It still belongs still to the Berlepsch family.

Schloss Berlepsch

Witzenhausen, Germany.

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Berlepsch Castle was built in 1298 by Arnold of Berlepsch, on behalf of the Landgrave of Hesse to protect this part of Hesse against encrouchments of the Duke of Brunswick.

The castle was rebuilt and extended in the 19th. century. It still belongs still to the Berlepsch family.

Château de Combourg
Commune of Combourg, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France.
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The castle stands on a small hill next to Lac Tranquille (Lake Tranquil) in the town.
Privately owned, the Château de Combourg is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Château de Combourg

Commune of Combourg, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France.

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The castle stands on a small hill next to Lac Tranquille (Lake Tranquil) in the town.

Privately owned, the Château de Combourg is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Hambach Castle near the urban district Hambach of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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Hambach Castle is located on the mountain Schlossberg (literally translated “Castle mountain”; elevation: 325m) in the eastern outskirts of the Palatine Forest.
The estate ruled both as a protection castle and as a robber baron castle over the trade roads and the northern route of the Anterior Palatinate section of the Way of St. James of Compostela.

Hambach Castle near the urban district Hambach of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

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Hambach Castle is located on the mountain Schlossberg (literally translated “Castle mountain”; elevation: 325m) in the eastern outskirts of the Palatine Forest.

The estate ruled both as a protection castle and as a robber baron castle over the trade roads and the northern route of the Anterior Palatinate section of the Way of St. James of Compostela.

Anniversaire de la mort d’Olivier de Termes, il y a 740 ans

chateau-termes:

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Il y a 740 ans Olivier de Termes meurt à St Jean d’Acre, en terre Sainte.

Olivier de Termes est le fils de Raimond de Termes. Ce dernier est le seigneur de Termes pendant la Croisade albigeoise qui toucha Termes en 1210. Olivier n’est qu’un enfant.

Âge d’une dizaine d’années au plus, Olivier de Termes partit ensuite en Catalogne avec sa mère et devient l’un des chevalier les plus connu et respecté de l’Occitanie.

Pour en savoir + voir ce lien.

Killyleagh Castle
Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland.
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Killyleagh Castle dominates the small village of Killyleagh. It is believed to be the oldest inhabited castle in the country, parts dating back to 1180.
It follows the architectural style of a Loire Valley château, having been redesigned by architect Sir Charles Lanyon in the mid-19th century.
It has been owned by the Hamilton family since the early 17th century.

Killyleagh Castle

Killyleagh, County Down, Northern Ireland.

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Killyleagh Castle dominates the small village of Killyleagh. It is believed to be the oldest inhabited castle in the country, parts dating back to 1180.

It follows the architectural style of a Loire Valley château, having been redesigned by architect Sir Charles Lanyon in the mid-19th century.

It has been owned by the Hamilton family since the early 17th century.

Caldicot Castle (Welsh: Castell Cil-y-coed)
Caldicot, Monmouthshire, southeast Wales.
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Caldicot Castle is an extensive stone medieval castle in the built near the site of Harold Godwinson’s former Saxon castle by the Norman earls of Hereford from about 1100. The castle became a Grade I listed building in 1953.

Caldicot Castle (Welsh: Castell Cil-y-coed)

Caldicot, Monmouthshire, southeast Wales.

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Caldicot Castle is an extensive stone medieval castle in the built near the site of Harold Godwinson’s former Saxon castle by the Norman earls of Hereford from about 1100. The castle became a Grade I listed building in 1953.

Châteaux de Lastours
Lastours, département of l’Aude, France.
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The Châteaux de Lastours (in Occitan Lastors) are three Cathar castles and a later French one.
The four castles are on a rocky spur above the village of Lastours, isolated by the deep valleys of the Orbeil and Grésilhou rivers. They were built at an altitude of 300 m along a rock wall just 1300 feet (~400 m) long by 165 feet (~50 m) wide. Cabaret, Surdespine and la Tour Régine stand in line, while Quertinheux is built on a separate pinnacle close by.
The site has been classified monument historique (historic monument) by the French Ministry of Culture since 1905. Archaeological digs are still in progress.

Châteaux de Lastours

Lastours, département of l’Aude, France.

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The Châteaux de Lastours (in Occitan Lastors) are three Cathar castles and a later French one.

The four castles are on a rocky spur above the village of Lastours, isolated by the deep valleys of the Orbeil and Grésilhou rivers. They were built at an altitude of 300 m along a rock wall just 1300 feet (~400 m) long by 165 feet (~50 m) wide. Cabaret, Surdespine and la Tour Régine stand in line, while Quertinheux is built on a separate pinnacle close by.

The site has been classified monument historique (historic monument) by the French Ministry of Culture since 1905. Archaeological digs are still in progress.

Old Kitchen
The Château de Biron, Biron, Dordogne, France.
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The Château de Biron is a large castle in the valley of the Lède. 
It was the castle from which the Gontaut-Biron took their name. It was their seat from the twelfth century. Biron was seized by Simon IV de Montfort in 1212 from forces sympathetic to the Cathars.
The Plantagenets held it at times during the 14th and 15th centuries. Biron was erected as a duché-pairie in 1598, for Charles de Gontaut, created duc de Biron.
The present château bears additions over the centuries: notably a twelfth-century keep and sixteenth-century living quarters and vaulted kitchens.
Since 1928, it has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. The local commune purchased the Château de Biron in 1978, with a view to restoring it as a tourist attraction.

Old Kitchen

The Château de Biron, Biron, Dordogne, France.

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The Château de Biron is a large castle in the valley of the Lède. 

It was the castle from which the Gontaut-Biron took their name. It was their seat from the twelfth century. Biron was seized by Simon IV de Montfort in 1212 from forces sympathetic to the Cathars.

The Plantagenets held it at times during the 14th and 15th centuries. Biron was erected as a duché-pairie in 1598, for Charles de Gontaut, created duc de Biron.

The present château bears additions over the centuries: notably a twelfth-century keep and sixteenth-century living quarters and vaulted kitchens.

Since 1928, it has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture. The local commune purchased the Château de Biron in 1978, with a view to restoring it as a tourist attraction.