Almost a 1000 years of age! Windsor Castle is one of the oldest castles in the world.
Construction started in the 11th century as a motte-and-bailey fortress. It was originally intended to oversee a strategic part of the River Thames, but in 1110, Henry I started to use Windsor castle as his residence. It’s used ever since by the reigning monarchs of England, making it the longest occupied palace in Europe.
With almost a thousand rooms that are close to 45.000 square meters, Windsor castle is one of the biggest residences in the world.
Running a palace like this requires quite some personnel. Around 150 of those lucky enough to work there, enjoy accomodation inside the castle.
The castle is split into three sections: The lower, middle, and upper wards.
Here’s a panorama of the upper ward:
In terms of architectural style, Windsor Castle is quite unique. Here’s a quote about it from Wikipedia:
Windsor castle beautifully combines the features of a fortification and a palace and the aforementioned “fictive quality” makes it even more worth a visit.
Should you go there, allocate at least an afternoon. Windsor castle occupies an area of 5.3 ha (13 acres) – in other words: It’s huge! So be sure to have enough time to be able to fully absorb the experience. For more information, you might also want to visit the official website.
Next month, we’re going to take a look at the castle at Sigmaringen.
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