Throughout history, few dwelling places could capture imaginations and command attention more than the great medieval castle. Devised to offer protection in an era of the feudal system, these magnificent manors housed and protected its inhabitants from outside forces and raids that threatened their very survival.
Other estates have also undergone numerous transformations and were family retreats and hunting lodges. Today, they have become timeless ‘studies’ to remind us of a world of long ago and history itself. Join The Balsam Hill Traveler as we visit five of the world’s most breathtaking castles. Marvel at the artistic beauty of these enduring sanctuaries.
The Windsor Castle of England
Built during the 11th century as a citadel for the Norman king William I, the Windsor Castle continue to serve as one of the official residences of the British royal family. Located in the town of Windsor, this ancient castle covers an area of about 13 acres and contains the State Apartments furnished with treasures from the Royal Collection, the great miniature masterpiece Queen Mary’s Dolls House, and the historic St. George’s Chapel where 10 former monarchs are buried.
A well-preserved relic of medieval European architecture, the first engineers of the Windsor Castle used an evolved Norman Motte and Bailey design in order to make the castle more structurally sound and virtually impregnable. They collected stones and chalk from the surrounding area as materials for the construction.