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Conwy castle is a gritty, dark stoned fortress which has the rare ability to evoke an authentic medieval atmosphere. The first time that visitors catch sight of the castle, commanding a rock above the Conwy Estuary and demanding as much attention as the dramatic Snowdonia skyline behind it, they know they are in the presence of a historic site which still casts a powerful spell.
Conwy, constructed by the English monarch Edward I between 1283 and 1289 as one of the key fortresses in his 'iron ring' of castles to contain the Welsh, was built to prompt such a humbling reaction.
A distinguished historian wrote of Conwy, 'Taken as a whole, Conwy's incomparably the most magnificent of Edward I's Welsh fortresses'. In comparison to other great Edwardian castles it is also relatively straightforward in design, a reflection of the inherent strength of its siting.
There are no concentric 'walls within walls' here, because they were not needed. Conwy's massive military strength springs from the rock on which it stands and seems to grow naturally. Soaring curtain walls and eight huge round towers give the castle (a World Heritage Inscribed site) an intimidating presence undimmed by the passage of time.
The views from the battlements are breathtaking looking out across mountains and sea and down to the roofless shell of the castles 125ft Great Hall. It is from these battlements that visitors can best appreciate Conwy's other great glory, its ring of town walls.
Conwy is the classic walled town. Its circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long and guarded by no less than 22 towers, is one of the finest in the World.
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May 11 2013 21:58 GMT MargNZ
Magnificent Conwy castle .... thank you for the history Harry :)
May 12 2013 01:12 GMT Cooler PRO
Wonderful shot and great info ;-)
May 12 2013 09:31 GMT elsje323
beautiful castle and info
May 12 2013 14:40 GMT bandsix
Great shot.....I think this is where Prince Charles had his investiture as Prince of Wales....on the day that I became engaged to be married......
May 15 2013 08:15 GMT Bellavista
memorable place/day sure for Barbara, and a very nice shot of this beautiful castle!
Jun 14 2013 19:59 GMT Mavrick
nice shot and very good info i do no this castle well and thats a good angle for the shot
Jun 14 2013 21:24 GMT Icandoit
Many thanks for stopping by guys, and taking the time for all of your very encouraging comments they are much appreciated.
Harry

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