Friday, July 23, 2010
United Kingdom - Wales - Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd
The castle was built by Edward I in 1823 during his conquest of Wales, on the site of a former castle. It was completed in 1330, and a feature is the massive Eagle Tower and the polygonal angle towers.
Sent by Mia, a postcrosser from Wales.
The castles and fortified towns of Gwynedd are the finest examples of late 13th-century and early 14th-century military architecture in Europe. Their construction, begun in 1283 and at times hindered by the Welsh uprisings of Madoc ap Llewellyn in 1294, continued until 1330 in Caernarvon and 1331 in Beaumaris. They have only undergone minimal restoration and provide, in their pristine state, a veritable repertory of medieval architectural forms: barbicans, drawbridges, fortified gates, chicanes, redoubts, dungeons, towers and curtain walls.