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Castle of the Week

Welcome to Castle of the Week.

This section will tell you some of the history of famous and less famous castles around the European world and even a few from further afield.
We try to get you images, a location map and possibly overviews, ground plans and pictures of the castle as it stands today as well as providing a history of the castle. In some cases, we have downloadable maps to play as well.

We started this series when the original Stronghold was released and began with the historical castles that are featured in that game. Once these were described we moved on to other castles in Europe and even visited a few crusader castles in the Levant. We have been continuing it with those historical castles from Stronghold 2 that we hadn't already covered and will keep bringing you new castles from throughout the world regularly

Castle of the Week

Castillo de Bellver, Spain

Jaume I, King of Aragon, reclaimed the Bealeric Isles from Islamic rule in the late 13th Century. When he perished in 1276, he split his kingdom between his two sons Pedro and Jaume. Pedro received the majority of the mainland territories while his brother gained the more secure, but less economically viable islands. Jaume (James II) established sweeping reforms on the Bealeric Isles that encouraged agricultural development and the establishment of trade and textile industries. He joined the rest of Christendom in arresting Templars and seizing their property in 1307. The wealth gained by James II was invested in building projects around the isles, including funding the building of Castillo de Bellver to protect his kingdom's most important port city, Palma.

Previous Castles

Burg Hochosterwitz
Salzburg Castle
Chateau Bouillon
Cape Kaliakra
Casa Loma
Craigdarroch Castle
St. Hilarion Castle
Czech Republic
Prague Castle, Bohemia
Strekov Castle
Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen
Toompea Castle, Tallinn
Olavinlinna Fortress
Bonaguil, Aquitaine
Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon
Carcassonne part 2, Languedoc-Roussillon
Carcassonne part 3, Languedoc-Roussillon
Chateau Haut-Königsburg, Alsace
Fort la Latte, Brittany
Fougeres, Brittany
Mont St Michel, Brittany
Pierrefonds, Valois
Berwartstein Castle
Burghausen Castle, Bavaria
Cochem Castle
Coburg Castle
Eltz Castle
Schloß Glücksburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Schloß Heidelberg, Baden-Württemburg
Burg Hohenzollern, Baden-Württemburg
Marksburg Castle, Koblenz
Meersburg Castle
Reichsburg Nuremberg, Bavaria
Schloß Neuschwanstein, Bavaria
Burg Reichenstein, Rheinland-Pfalz
Schloß Stolzenfels, Rheinland-Pfalz
Burg Trifels, Rheinland-Palatinate
Schloß Wartburg, Thuringia
Schloß Weitenburg, Baden-Württemburg
Miskolc Diosgyor
Cahir Castle
Beaufort Castle
Belvoir Castle
Chastel Pelerin
Monteriggione, Sienna
Castel Sant’Angelo, Roma
The Netherlands
Muiderslot, Holland
Brederode, Holland
Malbork Castle
Pieskowa Skala Castle
Tenczyn Castle
Bran Castle, Transylvania
Peleş Castle
Rasnov Fortress, Transylvania
St Petersburg
Slovak Republic
Bratislava Castle
Devín Castle
Alcázar de Segovia
Castill de Bellver
Castillo de Guadamur
Javier Castle, Navarra
Castillo de Loarre, Aragon
Kalmar Castle
Château de Chillon
Aleppo Citadel
Krak des Chevaliers
Margat Castle
Saladin's Castle
Citadel of Küçük Ada, Kuşadası
Ayasuluk Castle, Selçuk
United Kingdom
Alnwick, Northumberland
Aydon, Northumberland
Bamburgh, Northumberland
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey Island
Bodiam, Sussex
Bolton, North Yorks
Caerlaverock, Scotland
Caerphilly, Wales Caernarfon, Wales
Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight
Carrickfergus Castle, Northern Ireland
Castell y Bere, Wales
Castle Acre, Norfolk
Castle Garth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Castle Rising, Norfolk
Chepstow Castle, Gwent
Conwy Castle, Wales
Corfe Castle, Dorset
Criccieth Castle, Wales
Dover Castle, Kent
Dunnottar Castle, Scotland
Dunster Castle, Somerset
Durham Castle, Co Durham
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Eilean Donan, Scotland
Fotheringhay Castle, Northants
Framlingham Castle, Suffolk
Goodrich Castle, Herefs
Harlech Castle, Wales
Kenilworth Castle, Warks
Leeds Castle, Kent
Llantilio Castle, Wales
The Tower of London
Ludlow Castle, Shropshire
Mont Orgueil, Jersey
Norham Castle, Northumberland
Pembroke Castle, Wales
Pembroke Castle, Wales part 2
Pevensey Castle, East Sussex
Portchester Castle, Hampshire
Raby Castle, Co Durham
Raglan Castle, Wales
Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire
Rochester Castle, Kent
Skipton Castle, North Yorkshire
Tantallon, Scotland
Tintagel, Cornwall
Urquhart Castle, Scotland
Warwick, Warks
Warkworth Castle, Northumberland
Windsor Castle, Berkshire
United States
Blitmore Estate, North Carolina
Castillo de San Marcos, Florida
Manresa Castle, Washington
History Index

*) denotes a former staff member.