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Caernarfon Castle

After all these years Caernarfon’s immense strength remains undimmed.

A brute of a fortress. Caernarfon Castle’s pumped-up appearance is unashamedly muscle-bound and intimidating. Picking a fight with this massive structure would have been a daunting prospect. By throwing his weight around in stone, King Edward I created what is surely one of the most impressive of Wales’s castles. Worthy of World Heritage status no less.

Most castles are happy with round towers, not Caernarfon! Polygonal towers were the order of the day, with the Eagle Tower being the most impressive of these. You will also note the colour-coded stones carefully arranged in bands. The site of this great castle wasn’t chosen by accident. It had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort stood nearby. The lure of water and easy access to the sea made the banks of the River Seiont an ideal spot for Edward’s monster
in masonry.

Edward wasn’t one to miss an opportunity to tighten his grip even further on the native population. The birth of his son, the first English Prince of Wales, in the castle in 1284, was a perfect device to stamp his supremacy. In 1969, the investiture of the current Prince of Wales, HRH Prince Charles took place here. Caernarfon is one of eight sites chosen by Cadw as a hub for community projects in support of the Cultural Olympiad celebrations
in Wales.

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Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery castle Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery courtyard Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery inside Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery stairwell Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery tower Caernarfon Castle aerial view Lloyd George statue outside Caernarfon Castle Inside Caernarfon Castle Caernarfon Castle interior Caernarfon Castle over water
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Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery castle
Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery courtyard
Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery inside
Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery stairwell
Caernarfon Gallery Caernarfon Gallery tower
Caernarfon Castle aerial view
Lloyd George statue outside Caernarfon Castle
Inside Caernarfon Castle
Caernarfon Castle interior
Caernarfon Castle over water



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