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Cardiff Castle

February 15, 2016

In my last post, I talked about my visit to Cardiff, Wales.  I wanted to share a little more about my favorite site there – Cardiff Castle.

The site dates back to the 50’s AD, with the Romans being the first to build a fort here. Remains of the Roman walls are still visible, including this wall:

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Nikon D90, 18-200 lens, Edited in LR

Later came the Normans, who built the keep that is still visible today:

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Nikon D90, 18-200 lens, Edited in LR, PSE and onOne

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Nikon D90, 18-200 lens, Edited in LR, PSE and onOne

The castle continue to change and expand over the years.  In the latter 18th century, the owners started to turn it into the “gothic fantasy”(1) we see today.

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It is these later owners who contributed to the ornate interior:

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Sony DSC RX-100, Edited in LR

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Nikon D90, 18-200 lens, Edited in LR

During World War II, the tunnels through the exterior walls were used as bomb shelters during the Blitz:

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Nikon D90, 18-200 lens, Edited in LR

There is a whole lot of  history in this one location!

(1) http://www.cardiffcastle.com/

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