As a kid I was lucky enough to travel to Europe one summer, and it just blew my little mind. I was a big history geek even back then, and the fact that even small towns would have a tower or castle was amazing to me.
Well, I still love to visit and tour them, and I've begun putting together a photo reference of different parts of castles around the world. Even if you're running a game set in modern times, they can still make a great feature on your tabletop, as ruins or in better shape.
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A shot of one of the most famous castles in the world, Edinburgh Castle
with tower and wall.
Cardiff Castle - the original Norman-era motte and bailey style castle, which was later expanded.
Interior shot from inside the Norman castle in Cardiff - note all the holes, presumably for floor beams
A gatehouse, once part of the city walls of Aachen.
Another view of the walls of old Nuremburg
City walls of Nuremburg - cool river gate
in Jodhpur, India. Actually called a "fort" in India, which hardly does it justice.
Great shot of the walls of the castle in Jodhpur, winding down the hills
This shot of Mehrangarh gives you an idea of how high above the city of Jodhpur it is, really impressive.
Het Steen, Antwerp
- sadly we could not enter, and this picture was taken through the gate. Seems to be in great shape.
Graventsteen castle, Ghent
in Belgium. Ghent has tons of lovely medieval arcitecture, will have to do a post just on Ghent some day!
Tower of London, if you couldn't guess from the pic. I liked the sign showing the original Norman castle. Wish we'd had time to go inside.
, Budapest. The "Great Roundella". Buda was the scene of heavy fighting in WWII
Fortified bridge, Toledo Spain. You can see the famous Alcazar atop the hill in the distance.
Toledo, Spain - stretch of city walls. You can see there were two levels of walls.
Toledo, Spain - gate in the city walls
Toledo, Span - another gate
Alcazar de Segovia, Spain - gate and moat
Another shot from Segocia - see how deep that moat is!
Segovia, Spain - castle
Segovia, Spain - Walls