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Conwy Castle (Welsh: Castell Conwy) is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy, the combined defences cost around 15,000, a huge sum for the period. Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars. It withstood the siege of Madog ap Llywelyn in the winter of 129495, acted as a temporary haven for Richard II in 1399 and was held for several months by forces loyal to Owain Glyndŵr in 1401.

Following the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, the castle was held by forces loyal to Charles I, holding out until 1646 when it surrendered to the Parliamentary armies. In the aftermath the castle was partially slighted by Parliament to prevent it being used in any further revolt, and was finally completely ruined in 1665 when its remaining iron and lead was stripped and sold off. Conwy Castle became an attractive destination for painters in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitor numbers grew and initial restoration work was carried out in the second half of the 19th century. In the 21st century the ruined castle is managed by Cadw as a tourist attraction. UNESCO considers Conwy to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe", and it is classed as a World Heritage site.

Thank you for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.
Regards - Sarah J x

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Lens:Sigma 10-20mm EX
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Conwy Castle
Username:Sezz Sezz
Uploaded:20 Dec 2013 - 4:11 PM
Tags:Architecture, Castle, Conwy, Conwy castle, Edward I, Landscape / travel, Medieval, Snowdonia, Unesco, Wales
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christinecilia
christinecilia e2 Member 2christinecilia vcard England
20 Dec 2013 - 4:12 PM

lovely shot good detail. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:27 PM

Enhanced by the drama of the mountains and the lowering cloud - unfailingly well composed.
Regards
Bill

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mickp
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20 Dec 2013 - 4:38 PM

I have to agree with Bill.
Mick

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 4:39 PM

Beautifully processed to bring out all those great details.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 5:18 PM

Lovely pov Sarah, and a nice bit of perspective going on here. Very nicely done indeed.

John Smile

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England207 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 6:51 PM

Good details and view point of this Sarah
Regards Richard

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5180 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 8:22 PM

Really well composed Sarah. You have captured some beautiful light on the castle and a great sky.
Derek

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dark_lord
dark_lord Critique Team 101446 forum postsdark_lord vcard England123 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 9:05 PM

Lovely dramatic light, just what you want on a castle image.

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JJGEE
JJGEE  96216 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 10:13 PM


Quote: In the 21st century the ruined castle is managed by Cadw as a tourist attraction.

or perhaps :
In the 21st century the ruined castle is managed by Cadw for photographers Wink

Like the high viewpoint you have with this one as it shows the mountains in the background Smile

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Dowie
Dowie  1 United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
20 Dec 2013 - 10:15 PM

Love this place, they have minstrels and knights there in the summer

di

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2013 - 10:41 AM

It's such a shame these magnificent castles were plundered and left to fall into ruin, but at least there is a fair amount of castle remaining here (unlike my local Sandal Castle, which has very little left of it) Sad
A super capture here, Sarah, with a lovely dramatic sky...and some Saturday Shadows too!
Trev Smile

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
21 Dec 2013 - 12:21 PM

Thank you very much everyone, always appreciated! Smile

I agree Trev about the ruins and state of some of these castles, thank goodness for the likes of English Heritage, Cadw etc who do such a wonderful job in saving and preserving what we do have!

Sarah x

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oll1e
oll1e e2 Member 755 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Dec 2013 - 3:22 PM

A composition that works so well ,but again superb light and clouds play their part in making it even more pleasing to the viewerSmileSmile

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BURNBLUE
BURNBLUE e2 Member 8BURNBLUE vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2013 - 2:30 PM

Great image Sarah! And am soo glad your back on EPZ Smile
Si x

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
24 Dec 2013 - 2:39 PM

Andy & Si, thank you very much Smile

Sarah x

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8231 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 10:08 PM

A wonderful view of this historic castle, this was another that i visited on a holiday to North Wales about 23 years ago

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
28 Dec 2013 - 11:31 PM

Thanks Ed, I appreciate your time and comments Smile

Sarah x

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