Castles

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Notable for its perfect circular design, Restormel Castle is one of the oldest and best preserved Norman motte-and-bailey castles in Cornwall

Built atop an early Norman mound, Restormel Castle lies by the river Fowey in Cornwall, England. It has a perfect circular design and is one of the …

Ireland

These Stunning, Less-Visited Castles in Europe Are Straight Out of a Fairy Tale

Europe's hidden fortresses are postcard-perfect

Europe

At Versailles Palace, An American Looks For Clues To Family History

When Maureen Hargrave, a 71-year-old American who lives in San Diego, wrote an email to the chateau of Versailles in January, she wasn't sure she would hear back.<p>"I went to the Versailles website," she says, "and pulled down the link, and just wrote, 'On December 16th, 1944, [Pearlie] Hargrave, my …

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Some the world's most beautiful castles

All around the world, there are beautiful castles, citadels, and palaces just waiting for you to visit. Each has its own beauty, its own charm and …

Europe

3-D Virtual Model Reconstructs Germany’s Heidelberg Castle

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—<i>The International Business Times</i> reports that architectural historian Julian Hanschke of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has …

Archaeology

Crenellations: Crowning Castles

Crenellations are one of the most recognizable elements of a medieval castle. These upright projections resemble teeth, bared at invaders to prevent …

Europe

Did Anyone Ever Escape From The Tower Of London?

The Tower of London might seem like a watertight stronghold, with intimidating gates, a mighty moat and fearsome beefeaters. Even so, some 40 …

From Ringwork to Stone Fortification: Power and the Evolution of Anglo-Norman Castles in North-Eastern Ireland

It focuses on two key and archaeologically well-explored castles: Trim and Carrickfergus, and their supporting fortification networks.

Ireland

Richard III: Leicester Cathedral and other royal resting places

Royal Family

New Smithsonian offers a view of rich black history

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lonnie Bunch leans forward to peer inside a slave cabin from Edisto Island, South Carolina. The dark and cramped interior defies his attempts to showcase the small living space its occupants subsisted on.<p>Bunch flips on the flashlight on a borrowed smartphone, illuminating for his …

Black History

Italian medieval castle on sale for the first time in 650 years

An 80-room Italian castle owned by the same family since the fourteenth century is set to change hands for the first time in nearly 650 years.<p>Castel Valer, located in the foothills of the Dolomites, was constructed over half a millennium from 1200-1700 and was acquired by the Spaur family in …

Europe

The mystery of an ancient site in Britain just took another fascinating twist

The mysterious origins of the British archaeological site most often associated with the legend of King Arthur have just become even more …

Archaeology

How to stay overnight at Warwick Castle

My son Henry regularly dresses as a knight. He spends hours extracting a foam Excalibur from the handle of the blue plastic stepping stool he’s wedged it into. He gets any notion of chivalry that he has from repeated screenings of Disney’s 1963 film The Sword in the Stone, because he’s three, and …

Travel

Watch This Magical Drone Footage of Castles Across Europe

Sorry, I still have a <i>Game of Thrones</i> hangover, so when I watch this beautiful drone footage that gives sweeping views of castles across Europe, I see …

Somme trench recreated in Welsh castle to salute battle's centenary

Powis Castle exhibition inspired by heir’s death will be among scores of events in UK and France marking first world war battle<p>A trench from the Somme has been recreated in the basement of a National Trust castle in Wales, to mark the centenary of the son and heir’s death from injuries sustained in …

Eilean Donan Castle

Watch a breathtaking 4K aerial video of Europe’s greatest castles

The season 6 finale of HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> has left a void in the hearts of fantasy fans around the world. Fortunately, the aptly named Earth Porn …