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30 Interesting Facts About Castle

Here are 30 interesting Castle facts.

1-5 Castle Facts

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1. There is a fortress castle called Mont Saint-Michel off the coast of Normandy, France that is accessible by foot at low tide, but becomes an island at high tide. It was the only spot in Normandy that never fell to the English during the 100 Years War. It has also served as a church and prison. – Source

2. There stands a castle in the Czech Republic that to this day has a moat filled with bears. It’s called the “Bear Moat” and it was first filled with bears in 1707. – Source

3. Stone castles were very effective against the Mongols. They sustained heavy casualties trying, but were never able to take a single one in two invasions of Hungary. – Source

4. Dover Castle is the largest castle in England. There are over 3 miles of secret war time tunnels snaking deep into the cliff. Many of these tunnels are still undiscovered. – Source

5. In medieval castles, stairwells ran clockwise, so attackers coming up the stairs had their sword hands (right hand) against the wall’s interior curve which made it hard for them to swing their swords. Defenders had their swords on the outside wall, which meant more room to swing. – Source

6-10 Castle Facts

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6. Edinburgh Castle is so old that by the time of the first definite mention of it in literature its founding was already shrouded in myth and legend. – Source

7. Loopholes were small slits in castle walls that let archers fire arrows, and the modern use of the term reflects the apparent contradiction between the intent of an impenetrable wall and having small holes in it that allow defenders to gain an advantage. – Source

8. Doune Castle, which was used in the filming of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was also used in the filming of Game of Thrones. – Source

9. There is a castle in Colorado known as Bishop Castle and it was built by one man. – Source

10. Outside of Washington, D.C., a Virginia man built a castle to be fully defensible in the case of nuclear Armageddon. Built entirely by its owner, it has three heating systems and a maze of underground conduits, and it has been used as a meeting place for a group of self-professed vampires. – Source

11-15 Castle Facts

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11. Some castle in Japan has floors designed to make a chirping sound when walked upon, assuring that none could sneak through the corridors undetected. – Source

12. Japan is moving an entire 400-year-old castle 230 feet away to fix its foundations. They’ll move it back in 2021. – Source

13. Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom uses a technique known as forced perspective, meaning it gets smaller as it gets taller, giving it the appearance of being much bigger than it really is. – Source

14. The primary purpose of a Castle’s moat was to prevent attackers from tunneling under the walls. – Source

15. The strangest battle of WWII refers to the Battle for Castle Itter the only battle in the war in which Americans and Germans fought as allies.. – Source

16-20 Castle Facts

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16. There is a genuine medieval Castle in the American continent known as Fortaleza Ozama. It’s placed in the Dominican Republic and was built by the Spanish in 1502. – Source

17. Hauska Castle has been constructed over a large hole in the ground that is allegedly a “gateway to Hell”. Legend has it that when construction began in the castle, all of the inmates that were sentenced to death were offered a pardon if they consented to be lowered by rope into the hole. – Source

18. H. H. Holmes had a Murder castle in early Chicago. It was personally designed by him to be the most effective building for murder. It included mazes, torture chambers, and vats of acid to dispose of bodies. He killed many within the castle including his pregnant wife to be. – Source

19. In 1643, a castle in England was attacked by a force of several hundred men. The castle was only defended by five people, of which two died, while the attackers suffered at least 100 casualties. – Source

20. The UK’s royal family’s last name Windsor is actually taken from Windsor castle, rather than vice versa. – Source

21-25 Castle Facts

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21. Every winter, Quebec City builds an ice castle and often uses it to imprison people who are judged too glum for the holiday season. – Source

22. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the Neuschwanstein Castle and paid for it with his own means. Built as an homage to Richard Wagner, the king only spent 172 days in it before his death, after which it was open to the public. It was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. – Source

23. “Rocket cats” was proposed by Franz Helm to attack castles in the 1600’s. – Source

24. Caerphilly Castle in the UK has a tower that leans toward a steeper gradient than in Pisa. – Source

25. Most castle walls only have neat stone on the sides, everything in the middle was mortar and rocks. – Source

26-30 Castle Facts

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26. During Saladin’s siege of the crusader castle at Kerak, the crusaders and their besiegers reached a gentlemen’s agreement that Saladin’s siege engines would not attack one particular castle tower in which a wedding was taking place. – Source

27. Dumbarton Castle is the most ancient continuously fortified place in the British Isles, where people lived since at least the Iron Age and throughout history has been; besieged by Vikings, used as a jail, a military base, housing for royalty, and is built on a volcanic plug. – Source

28. Edward Leedskalnin sculpted and quarried Coral Castle from 1,100 tons of coral by himself. In 1936, he moved it 10 miles north with the help of one truck driver. When asked how he claimed, “I understand the laws of weight and leverage and I know the secrets of the people who built the pyramids.” – Source

29. There are more Mughal artifacts stacked in Powis Castle in England, than are on display at any one place in India, even the National Museum in Delhi. – Source

30. The Louvre use to be a Medieval Castle and the base of it can still be seen today. – Source



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  • #16 – there is no such place as “the American Continent”. Geographically, The Dominican Republic sits between the Caribbean plate and the North American Plate, and would be considered part of the North American Continent.

    Nor is it “Medieval” as the Medieval period was over by the 15th Century. Nor is it technically a castle, as it was never a residence, but a fortification used to defend the Port of Santo Domingo.

    • Valannin – Interesting notes. You obviously know your history and geography. And yes, many “castles” are actually fortresses – there is a difference. I think Hearst Castle at San Simeon is the only structure in North American that can technically be called a “castle,” although there are many mansions of equal size, such as Biltmore.

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