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Old Oct 28th 2009, 04:06 PM
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The Alhambra in Granada, Spain .... truely magnificent.

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Old Mar 16th 2010, 07:20 PM
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I love castles. Of course, since I've only traveled vertically, I've never been to a real European castle (though lemme tell you, I'll take Machu Picchu any day of the week).

This is the closest thing I've found to a castle here

As you can see, it would probably fit in the grand hall of some of the buildings you posted. It was originally a game keepers house for a (hypothetical) estate that never came to fruition, I believe.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squire%27s_Castle

Fun for a picnic, not exactly a historical, or architectural interest for that matter.
I just received a facebook invite for a LARPing session at this location.


Nooooooooooooooooo thank you plz.
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Old Mar 16th 2010, 07:27 PM
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I just received a facebook invite for a LARPing session at this location.


Nooooooooooooooooo thank you plz.


I'm intrigued by LARPing when it is the Society for Creative Anachronism, but otherwise, the enterprise strikes me as a bit odd.

And this thread deserves a good *bump* anyway!
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My mother took a class trip to Europe when she was in high school and stayed on Mont Saint-Michel. In typical 80's fashion, the next morning she plugged in her hair dryer- and shorted out the entire island.

There are lots of websites out there dedicated to selling decrepit old castles. Ones in Eastern Europe can be had quite cheap, though, it wouldn't really be that satisfying unless I can post up in Hunyad Castle.

Also, LARPing in a castle sounds fun and also like the premise of a terrible, terrible, wonderful horror movie.
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Also, LARPing in a castle sounds fun and also like the premise of a terrible, terrible, wonderful horror movie.
Would they be the LARPers or the LARPees?
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Old Mar 16th 2010, 09:35 PM
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My mother took a class trip to Europe when she was in high school and stayed on Mont Saint-Michel. In typical 80's fashion, the next morning she plugged in her hair dryer- and shorted out the entire island.

There are lots of websites out there dedicated to selling decrepit old castles. Ones in Eastern Europe can be had quite cheap, though, it wouldn't really be that satisfying unless I can post up in Hunyad Castle.
A beautiful castle.

Installing even rudimentary plumbing in a traditional castle by a private party is a financial challenge. For practical purposes, a decrepit old castle is worth the land it sits on.

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Old Jan 17th 2013, 01:21 PM
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In Russia, we do not really have castles, we have kremlins instead.

The Moscow Kremlin, of course


Kolomna Kremlin


Smolensk Kremlin


Pskov Kremlin


Great Novgorod Kremlin


Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin


Tula Kremlin


Suzdal Kremlin


Yaroslavl Kremlin


Ryazan Kremlin


Rostov Kremlin


Astrakhan Kremlin


Kazan Kremlin


There were more, but I don't think any others were preserved to this day. There is also this fortress, known as Oreshek, also - Shlisselburg (while was overrun by Swedish occupants, before retaken by Russia in 17th, I believe, century), on the Neva river, near Saint Petersburg, built in 1323, but does not count as a Kremlin, because it did not found a city around it
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Old Jan 17th 2013, 01:21 PM
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It will get more interesting here as far as fortresses. Other Russian peoples are now restoring their historic architecture. I already wrote of the Tatars and Sarai Batu


Well, now, Oleg Bulutov, leader of the descendants of the Hun people in Russia

(at some historic battle re-enactment lol), along with the International Hun Foundation of which he is President and which unites modern Huns in Russia and Mongolia, has received permission from authorities to try to rebuild the ancient Hun capital in its original place in what is now Buryatia. It is quite an ambitious project

But should be very interesting, once completed. Certainly the local government in Buryatia is very supportive, probably already seeing all the tourist money lol
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Great thread.

Belgium has heaps of castles. Here's one that's literally two miles down the road:


This one is plunk in the middle of the city of Ghent:
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Old Jan 17th 2013, 04:34 PM
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Great thread.

Belgium has heaps of castles. Here's one that's literally two miles down the road:


This one is plunk in the middle of the city of Ghent:
Interesting. I am learning much about Belgium lol Before, if I was asked about Belgium, only thing that would come to my mind would be Hercule Poirot, you know, in the Agatha Christie books Now I know you have great castles too.

Anyway, Russia also has many monastery fortresses, not sure if those count as castles

Avraam Monastery in Yaroslavl oblast


Solovetsky Monastery in Karelia


Holy Trinity Makarevsky-Zheltovodsky Monastery (originally men's monastery, but today - women's) in Nizhny Novgorod oblast


Iosifo-Volokolamsky Monastery in Volgograd oblast


Etc.
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