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The deceased nuns were left in seated positions to decompose. Source: Yellow.Cat from Roma, Italy/ CC BY 2.0

Daily Prayers with Decomposing Corpses: Death Chairs at Aragonese Castle

The Aragonese Castle is a castle built on top of a rocky islet next to Ischia, a small Italian island on the northern end of the Gulf of Naples. Whilst a stronghold is said to have already been built...
Archaeologists and first year archaeology students excavating the Medieval hall at Skipsea Castle. Source: University of York

Archaeologists Excavate Medieval Timber Hall at Historic Skipsea Site

A team of archaeologists at the University of York have returned to Skipsea in East Yorkshire to excavate the remains of a medieval timber hall uncovered near the site of a Norman castle. The...
The Majestic Tullynally Castle and gardens (Paul Moore Photography)

Tullynally Castle, the Most Majestic Estate in Ireland

Tullynally Castle, also known as Pakenham Hall, is a historic castle located in County Westmeath, Ireland. It is one of the largest castles in Ireland and is situated near the town of Castlepollard...
Archaeologists in Brittany unearthed the ruins of an elaborate medieval castle and moat built in the 1380s. Source: © Emmanuelle Collado/ Inrap

Every Medieval Enthusiasts Dream: Dukes Castle Unearthed in Brittany

INRAP In an exciting revelation for both history buffs and archaeology enthusiasts, the long-lost Château de l'Hermine in Vannes has been unearthed, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of medieval...
Loarre Castle. Source: FJ / Adobe Stock

The Formidable Castle of Loarre, Jewel of Aragon

Spain has a strong medieval heritage. Specifically, its northern region of Aragon is strongly rooted in the early origins of a modern and unified Spanish nation. As a vestige of that glorious...
Ancient Uçhisar Castle in Turkey. Source: Parilov / Adobe Stock

Uçhisar Castle, the Enigmatic Stone Village of Cappadocia

Uçhisar Castle stands as an iconic geological formation and historical marvel nestled in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. Carved into the unique landscape of the region, this fortress-like structure...
Pena Palace at sunset, Sintra, Portugal. Source: onnybas / Adobe Stock

Eight Places Straight out of a Fairytale (Video)

In Portugal's Sintra Mountains, the Pena Palace stands as a showcase of King Ferdinand II's flamboyant taste, featuring a red clock tower and a yellow minaret. Abandoned in 1910, it earned UNESCO...
Excavating ancient human skeleton, representational image. Source: Microgen / Adobe Stock.

1,000-Year-Old Skeleton Couple Unearthed and the Woman is Missing Her Face!

While performing excavations at the site of an ancient imperial palace in the village of Eisleben in Germany, archaeologists unearthed the ruins of castle fortifications, as well as the 1,000-year-...
Inveraray Castle. Source: Richard Johnson / Adobe Stock.

Inveraray Castle: An Ancient Archive Treasure Trove (Video)

Inveraray Castle's archives, a treasure trove of historical documents dating back to the 13th century, stands as one of Britain's most significant private collections . These invaluable records,...
The ancient landscape of Cornwall. Source: YouTube Screenshot / Smithsonian Channel.

The Evocative Scenery of Cornwall, An Ancient Landscape (Video)

Cornwall, located at the western edge of England, holds a unique place in the tapestry of Britain's diverse landscapes. The Cornish people, part of the Celtic heritage, have their distinct identity,...
Inveraray Castle’s State Dining Room (Ian Dick / Flickr)

The Stunning Interior of Inveraray Castle’s State Dining Room (Video)

Inveraray Castle's State Dining Room is a masterpiece of late 18th-century art and design. The 5th Duke of Argyle, aiming to impress his guests with the latest Georgian fashions, oversaw a remarkable...
Neuschwanstein Castle. Source: Feel good studio / Adobe Stock.

Neuschwanstein Castle Bankrupted the King Who Built It (Video)

The construction of Neuschwanstein Castle , perched dramatically in the Bavarian Alps, brought financial ruin to the king who envisioned it, Ludwig II of Bavaria. This fairytale-like fortress, built...
Birr Castle. 	Source: William Alexander.

Birr Castle, the Historic Jewel of Ireland’s County Offaly

Ireland is a nation with a rich and far-reaching heritage. From the Iron Age and into the Middle Ages, the country was shaped by numerous historic episodes. With a strong medieval heritage, Ireland...
Guédelon Castle, France. Source: Atlantis / Adobe Stock.

Building a Medieval Replica Castle Using Ancient Techniques (Video)

In the realm of modern carpentry , where power tools often reign supreme, Christophe, a skilled French-Canadian Carpenter, embarks on a unique challenge. He's part of a team constructing Guédelon...
Zerzevan Castle, Turkey. Source: Ayse / Adobe Stock.

Massive Multi-Storey Structures Found Below Ancient Castle in Turkey

Archaeologists have uncovered vast structures beneath the ancient Zerzevan Castle in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province, revealing startling remnants from the Roman era. These expansive, multi...
Harput Castle, Elazig, Turkey.            Source: CC BY-SA 3.0

2500-Year-Old Technology and an Ancient Kitchen Unearthed at Harput Castle

Harput Castle has long stood as an emblem of Anatolia's rich tapestry of history. A gem nestled in Turkey's landscape, its enigmatic walls and remnants have many tales to tell, and recent excavations...
Alcazar castle, Segovia, Spain. Source: jon_chica / Adobe Stock.

The Spanish Castle That Inspired Walt Disney (Video)

Nestled within the heart of central Spain lies the Alcázar of Segovia , an architectural marvel that has captured the imagination of generations. This extraordinary castle , perched atop a rocky crag...
Eltz Castle, Germany. Source: diegograndi / Adobe Stock.

This German Castle Has Been One Family’s Home for 850 Years (Video)

Nestled amid the German landscape, Eltz Castle stands as a unique symbol of time's passage. Owned by the Eltz family since 1157, this ancestral residence boasts a rich history that spans over eight...
 Johnstown Castle, Murrintown, with refection in its lake, Wexford, Ireland. Source: Mike Searle/CC BY-SA 2.0

Secret Room Discovered in Ireland’s Historic Johnstown Castle in Wexford

During restoration and conservation work taking place at historic Johnstown Castle in the city of Wexford, Ireland, a carpenter repairing a window inadvertently broke through a wall behind which was...
Aerial view of Old Sarum in England. Source: Alexey Fedorenko / Adobe Stock.

Old Sarum: The Abandoned Hill With Two Members Of Parliament (Video)

The story of Old Sarum in Wiltshire, England, reveals the fascinating past of an ancient windswept hilltop. This site, with its Iron Age hillfort and castle built for William the Conqueror , held...
Maiden Castle, Dorset. Source: David Matthew Lyons / Adobe Stock.

Discovering the Majestic Hillfort of Maiden Castle (Video)

Perched atop Dorset's chalky cliffs, Maiden Castle stands as a testament to the might and power of Britain's ancient past. This awe-inspiring hillfort , one of the largest in the country, captivates...
Hever Castle, Kent. Source: Rolf / Adobe Stock.

The Secrets Of Hever Castle: Home Of Anne Boleyn (Video)

Hever Castle, with its 700-year history, is a remarkable historic house in Britain. Originally a timber mott and bailey castle , it was upgraded to a stone fortress in the 13th century, complete with...
Bodiam Castle, England. Source: veneratio / Adobe Stock.

The Incredible Evolution Of The British Castle Explained (Video)

The evolution of the British castle is a fascinating tale. Castles were initially fortified places, serving as private residences for individuals rather than defenses for communities. Iron Age...
Castellaccio di Messina, Sicily. Credit: Siciliafan.it

Castellaccio di Messina: Italy’s Most Haunted Castle (Video)

Castellaccio di Messina, an abandoned castle situated in Sicily , carries a rich history dating back centuries. Built in the medieval era, it served as a defensive fortress, guarding the surrounding...

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