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Frequently asked question about Castle

What function did a castle have in the past?
Castles used to have various functions, such as a (military) refuge or a home for a family or group of people. This distinguishes a castle from a palace (which is not fortified), from a fortress (which is not a residence of a noble) and from a walled city (collective defense).
What is the difference between a palace and a castle?
Today the word 'castle' has a more general meaning. We usually use it to indicate a house of a nobleman. The nobility usually did not live in a fortress or palace, but in a castle. With 'palace' we indicate the residence of a reigning monarch or royal family.
What types of castles are there?
City Castles: This is a noble residence in an average city. It is a defensible tower or house that housed someone important such as a knight or nobleman.

< b>Concentric castle: This kind of castle originated from the crusades. The people in the Crusades encountered such fortresses in the Middle East. In a concentric fortress, the important buildings are located in the middle, in the courtyard. A solid wall or moat has been built around it for defence.

Ringwalburcht: This is one of the oldest kind of castles. This was often a settlement, inn or other building surrounded by an often wooden wall for protection only. So it was not actually a traditional castle as we recognize it today.
What types of castles are there?
Residential tower or donjon: This is a heavily fortified tower that could serve as both a residence and a place of last refuge. The keep was very heavily guarded and difficult to take. Often the keep was used as part of a castle, but there are also examples in which a keep is used as a separate castle.

Motte: A highly secured castle that was built on an excavated hill, giving tactical advantages. A motte was often accompanied by a few Donjons and at the bottom there was often a forecourt with a few stables.

Moated castle or moated castle: One of the most common types of castles. Moated castles are always surrounded by a moat or some other form of water (for example a lake) and have only a few defensive walls as the main defenses. Inside, there was often a courtyard surrounded by outbuildings and the castle.
When can you call a castle a castle?
The two most important conditions for calling a building a castle are ‘habitability’ and ‘defensibility’. Other requirements are that a castle was built before 1800, is located in a non-urban environment, has a knightly character and is the center of a seigneury or large estate.
When were most castles built?
Most castles were built before 1800, if the castle was built after that time, it may not officially be called a castle.
Why do most castles have a moat?
The main task of the moat was to prevent the enemy from approaching the castle or fortress in order to storm the battlements with the help of ladders.


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Knights and damsels, drawbridges, moats and battlements and cannons. Castles always appeal to the imagination. Some castles are still well preserved, others are just ruins. Find out here whether there is a beautiful castle in your area to visit.
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