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Conwy Castle

By Sezz    
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

Tags: Wales Castle Architecture Snowdonia Conwy Medieval Conwy castle Unesco Landscape and travel Edward I

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lovely shot good detail. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin

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woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 4:27PM
Enhanced by the drama of the mountains and the lowering cloud - unfailingly well composed.
mickp 11 9 7 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 4:38PM
I have to agree with Bill.
Joline Plus
11 28 53 United States
20 Dec 2013 4:39PM
Beautifully processed to bring out all those great details.
20 Dec 2013 5:18PM
Lovely pov Sarah, and a nice bit of perspective going on here. Very nicely done indeed.

John Smile
Richsr 10 91 223 England
20 Dec 2013 6:51PM
Good details and view point of this Sarah
Regards Richard
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 8:22PM
Really well composed Sarah. You have captured some beautiful light on the castle and a great sky.
dark_lord Plus
13 2.0k 438 England
20 Dec 2013 9:05PM
Lovely dramatic light, just what you want on a castle image.
JJGEE 12 7.0k 18 England
20 Dec 2013 10:13PM

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
User_Removed 4 10 4 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 10:15PM
Love this place, they have minstrels and knights there in the summer

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 11 England
21 Dec 2013 10:41AM
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
Sezz Plus
12 617 15 England
21 Dec 2013 12:21PM
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
oll1e Plus
10 57 2 United Kingdom
23 Dec 2013 3:22PM
A composition that works so well ,but again superb light and clouds play their part in making it even more pleasing to the viewerSmileSmile
11 12 1 United Kingdom
24 Dec 2013 2:30PM
Great image Sarah! And am soo glad your back on EPZ Smile
Si x
Sezz Plus
12 617 15 England
24 Dec 2013 2:39PM
Andy & Si, thank you very much Smile

Sarah x
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
28 Dec 2013 10:08PM
A wonderful view of this historic castle, this was another that i visited on a holiday to North Wales about 23 years ago
Sezz Plus
12 617 15 England
28 Dec 2013 11:31PM
Thanks Ed, I appreciate your time and comments Smile

Sarah x

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