10 beautiful photography of French Castles

French Castles

A castle (from Latin castellum) is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during theMiddle Ages by nobility. Scholars debate the scope of the word castle, but usually consider it to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble. This is distinct from a palace, which is not fortified; from a fortress, which was not always a residence for nobility; and from a fortified settlement, which was a public defence – though there are many similarities among these types of construction. Usage of the term has varied over time and has been applied to structures as diverse as hill forts and country houses. Over the approximately 900 years that castles were built they took on a great many forms with many different features, although some, such ascurtain walls and arrowslits, were commonplace.

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Saumur
Saumur
By Jean-Michel Leclercq

Rauzan
french castles
By BarneyF

Azay-le-Rideau
Azay Le Rideau
By Jean-Michel Leclercq

Carcassonne
Middle Ages
By janiejones_75

Versailles
Le domaine de Versailles
By Ganymede2009

Chambord
Chateau Chambord
By JD Colourful Lyte

Vaux le Vicomte
Château de Vaux le Vicomte
By  Ganymede2009

Najac
AVEYRON Le chateau de Najac
By cumin12

Chenonceau
Chateau de Chenonceau II
By Kurlylox1

Laroquebrou
Laroquebrou - Cantal 2008
By Philippe Hernot


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