Images of the Medieval Conwy Castle Wales | Pictures & Photos { 13 images } Created 15 Feb 2015

Images, pictures & photos of Conwy Castle (Conway) Wales. The fortifications of Conwy Castle are impressive by any standards. Built between 1283 and 1289 to guard an important crossing point over the River Conwy, its high towers and curtain wall are still in wonderful preservation today. The castle was built for Edward 1st as part of a series of castles designed to subjugate the Welsh. Edward spent £15,000 building Conwy Castle, a staggering amount in medieval times. It has two barbicans, fortified gates and eight huge towers. The castle is built on a rocky outcrop next to the river and this has given its foundation the strength that has allowed it to last so well for the last 800 years. The castle was a Royal residence and has the best preserved suite if medieval royal chambers in England or Wales. At the end of the 14th century Conwy Castle was used as a refuge by Richard 11 during his war with Henry Bollinbroke. It was in this castle that he abdicated and was taken to London. He layer died, what some say was a gruesome death in captivity, at Pontefract Castle. During the English Civil War, Parliamentary forces besieged Conwy Castle. After a long siege the castle fell and was slighted or made unfit for military use. The castle was never repaired and was stripped of its lead and iron fittings. By the 18th century it had become a picturesque ruin much loved by the art its of the time. Conwy Castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site along with the other Welsh Castles of Edward 1st. They are collectively considered to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe” by UNESCO. Buy as high resolution stock royalty free images of travel images to download on line or buy as photo art prints.

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