Castles and palaces

Medieval castles in France

Medieval castles in France
France is famous for its châteaux (castles), grand estates and stately homes, often converted from older medieval structures. In the Middle Ages, castles were designed for military purposes, not aesthetics or pleasure. Medieval castles are massive, with towers, battlements, bastions, embrasures, gates or barbicans, drawbridges, a keep, as well as a moat if the castle is on flat ground. Owing to their military function many medieval castles have been destroyed in wars, or abandoned once their ... ...

La Cite Carcassonne

La Cite Carcassonne
Carcassonne is a beautiful fortified city in the Languedoc region of Southern France which sits on the Aude River. La Cite is an amazing medieval ... ...

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel is a small rocky island about 1 km from the north coast of France at the mouth of the Couesnon River in Normandy. It is best known ... ...