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The 8 Oldest Castles In The World

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Alcázar de Segovia

Once an Arab fortress that was built on top of a Roman one, the Alcázar was seized by King Alfonso VI.

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Byblos Castle

Known as the Castle of Gibelet during the Crusades, the Crusaders built this castle in the 11th century as a form of defense.

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Cardiff Castle

Located in Cardiff, Wales, the castle was made of motte and bailey and was built by the Norman invaders on top of a Roman fort.

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Rochester Castle

Located in Rochester, Kent, William II wanted to control a river crossing and so ordered the construction of the fortification.

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Tower of London

The Tower of London is infamous for being a prison, but that was not what it was built for originally.

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Hohensalzburg Castle

Gebhard I of Helffenstein was the person who ordered the construction of the castle in 1077. It was a fortress that was later expanded.

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Hohenwerfen Castle

Also built by Archbishop Gebhard, it started construction in 1075 and finished in 1078. Furthermore, it was used as a prison, military base, and other things.

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Windsor Castle

Owned by the Royal Family, Windsor Castle was built around the time William the Conquerer was leader.

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