40 Interesting Castle Facts

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Castles are beautiful building structures to dream and are wonderful to watch, but too encircled to live in! Here are some interesting Castle Facts that hopefully make you want to visit one.

1. The word castle comes from a Latin word meaning “fortress”.

2. A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages.

3. Castles played a big role in the social system called Feudalism.

Castles played a big role in the social system called feudalism.
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4. Castles were dark and cold, but they offered protection from enemies.

5. The are three main types of castles: The motte and bailey castle, the stone keep castle, and the concentric castle.

6. Every year The Queen takes up official residence in the Windsor Castle for a month.

Every year The Queen takes up official residence in Windsor Castle for a month.
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7. There were no toilets in Castles.

8. Windsor Castle is the Oldest Castle in the world.

9. The Castles were built strictly for Defense purpose.

The Castles were built strictly for Defense purpose.
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10. Their stairs are always turned Clockwise.

11. There are around 1500 Castles in England.

12. The drawbridge was invented late in the Medieval-castle era.

The drawbridge was invented late in the Medieval-castle era.
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13. The Lord and Lady of a Medieval castle lived in quarters referred to as ‘solar chambers’.

14. Most of the Medieval castles had small windows which made the interior dark.

15. The tower of a castle was known as a ‘Donjon’.

The tower of a castle was known as a 'Donjon'.
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16. There are more than 10,000 medieval castles still occupied in Asia and Europe.

17. Some of the most famous medieval castles include the Kasteel de Haar (Netherlands), Tower of London (England), Chateau Gaillard des Andelys (France), Edinburgh Castle (Scotland), Burg Eltz (Germany), and Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle (Romania), Castel del Monte (Italy), Alcazar de Segovia (Spain) and Veliki Tabor (Croatia).

18. The first castle in England was built by the Normans.

The first castles in England were built by the Normans.
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19. The central building inside the castle is the ‘keep’, which was sheltered by towers and walls.

20. Cardiff Castle is one of Wales’ biggest tourist attractions.

21. Windsor Castle and the White Tower are the most famous castles built in England.

Windsor Castle and the White Tower are most famous castles built in England.
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22. At the base of the motte was the bailey, which was like a little village.

23. Dungeons were in the basements – it’s where prisoners were kept.

24. Castles could be very damp and cold, especially in the winter and weren’t a very comfortable place to live.

Castles could be very damp and cold, especially in the winter and weren’t very comfortable places to live.
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25. A castle’s moat in Czech Republic was first filled with bears in 1707.

26. The Dover Castle is the largest castle in England.

27. Loopholes were small slits in castle walls that allow defenders to gain an advantage.

Loopholes were small slits in castle walls that allow defenders to gain an advantage.

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28. The Doune Castle was used in the filming of Game of Thrones.

29. The motte and bailey castle was built by the bishops of Hereford between 1085 and 1127.

30. There is a Castle in Colorado known as Bishop Castle and it was built by one man and it is fully defensible in the case of nuclear Armageddon.

There is a Castle in Colorado known as Bishop Castle and it was built by one man and it is fully defensible in the case of nuclear Armageddon.
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31. There are some Castle in Japan where the floors were designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon.

32. There is a genuine medieval Castle in the American continent known as Fortaleza Ozama.

33. Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is not only one of England’s finest castles, but is also a famous filming location. It was used as the outdoor setting for Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films, and also starred as Brancaster Castle in the two Christmas specials of Downton Abbey.

H. Holmes had a Murder castle in early Chicago and it was designed by him to be the most actual building for murder.
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34. Rocket cats were offered by Franz Helm to attack castles in the 1600’s.

35. Caerphilly Castle has a tower that leans a steeper gradient than The Leaning Tower of Pisa.

36. Most castle walls only have neat stones on the sides, everything in the middle was mortar and rocks.

Most castle walls only have neat stone on the sides, everything in the middle was mortar and rocks.
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37. The Louvre use to be a Medieval Castle and the base of it can still be seen today.

38. An average time of for a Castle construction was ten years.

39. The oldest standing castle in Europe is the Chateau de Doue-la-Fontaine.

The oldest standing castle in Europe is Chateau de Doue-la-Fontaine.
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40. The largest castle in the world is the Prague Castle with an area of 70 000 m².

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