Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

Olavinlinna Castle in Savonlinna, Finland

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The fortress was founded by Erik Axelsson Tott in 1475 under the name Sankt Olofsborg. The castle was supposed to repel Russian attacks from the east and to guarantee the control of the Savo region for the Swedish Crown. The history of Olavinlinna is a mixture of medieval arms clashing, cannons roaring and every-day chores inside the security of the castle’s thick walls. After the Finnish War of 1808 – 1809 Finland became an autonomous part of Russia. The castle lost its strategic function and became a tourist attraction. The first opera festival at Olavinlinna castle was organized in 1912 and it is now every year in July the scene of the Savonlinna Opera Festival.

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Magnificent High Salzburg Fortress Dominates the City

Magnificent High Salzburg Fortress Dominates the City

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The magnificent Hohensalzburg standing high over the city of Salzburg.It is main tourist attraction of a city. The Hohensalzburg Fortress was built in the 11th century by Archbishop Gebhard and is the largest unconquered fortress in Europe. The castle is 150 meters wide and 250 meters long, and the oldest part is over 900 years old. The Hohensalzburg Fortress functioned as a prison, residence, and fortress. It is a must-see attraction and is open all year round. Numerous museums and imposing architecture await the visitors of the fortress.

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Castle of Ampudia in Palencia, Spain

Castle of Ampudia in Palencia, Spain

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Ampudia, situated in the area known as Tierra de Campos, 22 kilometres from the city of Palencia, is a beautiful example of typical Castilian architecture and urban layout. The most imposing attraction is castle located on one end of the town, close to the remains of the walls. It is a medieval fifteenth century fortress. Being the property of the Eugenio Fontaneda Foundation, it hosts a large collection of objects pertaining to, among other things, antique weapons and toys. Today Ampudia Castle is a private property, but its grounded departments can be visited on a guided tour.

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Bodiam Most Picturesque Castle in East Sussex

Bodiam Most Picturesque Castle in East Sussex

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Bodiam castle looks exactly like the popular image of a medieval castle. It is quadrangular in shape and has a tower on each end of the wall. Being surrounded by a moat. The moat thus served as an almost impregnable defence, and although the castle was never attacked, the moat would have negated the effectiveness of siege warfare. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years\’ War.

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Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California

Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California

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Castle Air Museum is a military aviation museum located in Atwater, California adjacent to the site of the former Castle Air Force Base (known as Merced Army Air Field during WWII). It is one of the largest aerospace museums displaying vintage aircraft in the western United States. The museum covers a collection of 53 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam Era aircraft.

Collection:

Avro Vulcan B. Mk.2
Avro-Canada CF-100 Mk. V Canuck
Beech C-45 Expediter
Beech YT-34 Mentor
Bell GAM-63 Rascal Air Missile
Bell H-13 Army “MASH” Helicopter
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Boeing B-52D Stratofortress
Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker
Boeing KC-97 Stratofreighter
Boeing WB-50 Superfortress
Cessna C-150
Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster
Cessna T-37B Tweety Bird
Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe
Cessna UC-78 Bamboo Bomber
Consolidated B-24M Liberator
Convair F-102A Delta Dagger
Convair F-106A Delta Dart
Convair HC-131 Samaritan
Convair RB-36H Peacemaker
Convair TF-102A Delta Dagger
Curtiss C-46D Commando
DeHaviland-Canada L-20 Beaver
Douglas A-26B Invader
Douglas A-4L Skyhawk
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Douglas B-23 Dragon
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
Douglas R5D-4 Skymaster
Douglas RA-3B Skywarrior
Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless
Fairchild C-119C Flying Boxcar
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Fairchild PT-23
General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon
General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark
Grumman F-14D Tomcat
Grumman HU-16B Albatross
Grumman S-2 Tracker
Kaman HH-43B Huskie
Kawasaki KAQ-1
Lockheed C-56 Loadstar
Lockheed F-104B Starfighter
Lockheed F-80B Shooting Star
Lockheed F-94A Starfire
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
Martin EB-57A Canberra/Intruder
MB-1C B-58 Hustler Weapons/Fuel Pod
McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle
McDonnell Douglas VC-9C Presidential Transport
McDonnell F-101B Voodoo
McDonnell F-4E Phantom “Thunderbirds”
MK. 17 Thermonuclear Weapon Shape
NASA Hyperglider
North American AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile
North American AT-6 Texan
North American B-25J Mitchell
North American B-45A Tornado
North American F-100 Super Sabre
North American F-86H Sabre
North American RA-5C Vigilante
North American T-39 Saberliner
Northrop-Grumman EA-6B Prowler
Northrop F-89J Scorpion
Northrop T-38 Talon
Piper L-3
Republic F-105B Thunderchief
Republic F-84C Thunderjet
Republic F-84F Thunderstreak
Ryan BQM-34 Drone
Ryan PT-22
SAAB J35 Draken
Schweitzer TG-3 Glider
Stinson L-4
Vought RF-8G Crusader
Vultee BT-13 Valiant

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Linn Castle and Museum in Krefeld, Germany

Linn Castle and Museum in Krefeld, Germany

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The Linn Castle is certainly one of the places which must be visited in Germany. The historical monument is located in Krefeld, in western Germany. The fortress was built in the 12th century. Unfortunately, during the Spanish War of 1704, the historical monument was severely damaged. The castle suffered severe damage and during both world wars. In 1926, however, it was decided to restore the fortress. Efforts are considerable for its renewal. Thanks to the efforts of locals, modern image of the fort revives the old glory of the Krefeld landmark.

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Burgk Castle above the Saale River – German Castles

Burgk Castle above the Saale River – German Castles

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Burgk Castle is situated above the Saale River on the outskirts of the Thuringia Forest. A residence in the area was first mentioned in 1365, but the castle seen today is not the original building. The exact date of the rebuilding is unknown, but is believed to be some time in the late 1500′s or early 1600′s. The Red Tower and a castle wall is marked with the date 1545. Burgk Castle is a mix of architecture ranging from Gothic to Rococco, with the interior decorated in various styles. Burgk Castle has historic rooms, a Knights’ Hall, a castle chapel with a Silbermann organ, late medieval defences, an historic castle kitchen, music salon, Chinese room, show bedroom and a park with a music pavilion. The castle houses an art collection, and exhibitions and concerts are held here.

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Quseir Amra Desert Castle in Jordan

Quseir Amra Desert Castle in Jordan

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Quseir Amra is situated 85 km to the east of Amman. It is the little palace of Amra, noted for its extensive fresco paintings which cover virtually all the interior surfaces. The paintings include themes such as hunting, dancing, and musicians, bathing scenes, cupids, and personifications of history, philosophy and poetry. This a small residence was discovered by the Czech traveler Alois Musil in 1898. The building\’s plan consists of a rectangular audience hall, a bath complex, and hydraulic structures. The main hall has three rooms along its south side. The baths are located on the east side of the main hall and are connected to a water tank. Qusayr ‘Amra was placed on the World Heritage List in 1985, due to its extensive cycle of mural paintings

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Matsumoto Castle – Japans Oldest Castle

Matsumoto Castle – Japans Oldest Castle

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Matsumoto Castle, in Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture, is among Japan’s most beautiful castles and along with Hikone Castle, Himeji Castle and Inuyama Castle, is designated as a National Treasure. It also known as the “Crow Castle” because of its black exterior. Matsumoto Castle is the oldest existing castle in Japan and one of Japan’s premier historic castles. It has six floors, including the obligatory hidden floor where the samurai soldiers rested and kept their food and powder supplies. Visitors to Matsumoto Castle must take off their shoes as they climb up the steep wooden stairs.

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Chateau de Chenonceau built over the Cher River

Chateau de Chenonceau built over the Cher River

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Masterpiece of the Renaissance, the Château de Chenonceau is famous for its beautiful gallery of arches on the River Cher. The Château de Chenonceau is a French château near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Indre-et-Loire département of the Loire Valley in France. It is often described as ‘the ladies chateau’ as throughout its history it is they who have most influenced its design and its destiny. Chenonceau was built on the site of an earlier property. A manor house that was burned to the ground in 1411 was followed by a fortified castle, but that too was destroyed to make way for the chateau we currently see, built between 1515 and 1521 by Thomas Bohier, overseen by his wife Katherine Briconnet.

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