Truly magnificent ancient military architecture. I have 100+ pics, I'll start with about 20 to see if people are interested.
Detail: Roman built siege ramp on the right side, still in place today.
I can't at the moment, maybe in the future. It's quite a collection. You want to build your own castle then?
Here's some inspiration, it's being built at this moment in France, with medieval techniques so it takes some time.
Dudes are like, "no one can get in here"
Romans be like, "I've got 10,000 slaves and a whole lot of buckets"
It had to suck just watching them build it for like a year knowing one day when they get there you're going to be raped and pillaged
A detail of the cliff of San Leo
That's what I'm working on now. Building a crane out if an old firetruck boom so I can lift rocks from a quarry. I'm 24 so I've got some time. It's not going to be anything big. But a couple rooms and a wall. All stone
Nice. Not to criticize, but why not buy a shit ton of old bricks?
I have posted before and then said "old", so people came up with WOII bunkers and shit, that's why
Detail of Daulatabad Citadel slopes.
Detail of Mehrangarh walls size, compared to a touring bus. Took the pic a couple of years ago.
Sorry, can't do that at the moment
Ik dacht al dat er een NL'er bij zat
For sure there are a lot of ways to get it done faster/cheaper.
1. I want it out of stone that can't crumble (even good brick or concrete block breaks down) in the long run
2. I want large stones so it can't really be dozed ever.
Its going to be the way I want to be eternalized. I know it's silly in a way but that's the I only thing that gives me purpose in this short life
It actually does. It's a bit damaged but if you imagine that Aleppo citadel has been around from the pre gunpowder to the post nuclear time, it's actually astounding
non of these will be useful against modern military architecture
Where are you planning on building it? Btw bricks can last hundreds of years
Currently in North MN. Still need to do lots of research of course, but I'm doing the basics of getting land and money to start the process.
And I'm shooting for thousands of years. It's a dream, but hey, at least it's something
i'm french, and one highway come close to the city, and you can clearly see it from the car, i remember seeing it when i was a kid, it's really massiv and look so out of place it's magical
Thousands of years... That's ambitious. Anyway, I'd like to join in when my midlife crisis kicks in someday
god, imagine serving on such a fortress:
chef guy on top: he you, bring the men on the lowest wall some water.
all the 100 m down and up again.
now bring them food.
down and up
down and up...
must make you really fit.
Thanks, I was about to stop
That was my thought exactly.
For those interested why star forts were invented in the first place: after the introduction of gunpowder, there was a shift in defensive thinking. From then on solid stone walls were less effective, so they created earthen walls with triangular shapes and used cannons as main line of defense.
Your opinion means nothing to me.
Gate system at Konigstein, final gate disappears into a long sloping cave/tunnel with multiple gates and portcullises
I think I'm gonna do some groceries guys, starting to get hungry
Used to live right near there, dude I knew had an aunt who lived on the island.
Not only is it a badass cathedral built on a rock in the middle of the sea but the salt flats around it are so flat that when the tide comes back in it's faster than a galloping horse.
Good luck sieging that bullshit.
10/10 zombie hideout.
I will watch the news...
No, it's a Star Fort, designed to provided covering fire for multiple kill-zones.
I remember seeing that castle, I took a pic of my sister with the castle in the background and asked her to do the same, SHE FUCKING MISSED THE CASTLE, how can somebody not get the castle and me in the same picture!!!!! I raged so hard when to pictures came out back home. Still pissed about it today.
(we didn't have a fancy camera with a display)
Greece is full of castles but only a handfull are in pristine condition, search for Rhode castle, methoni castle, Palamidi, Monemvasia, A nice example of fortifications are the old walls of Nicosia in cyprus as well.
Yep, it was almost certainly terrible. Because all of the 960 defenders of the fortress committed suicide. Well, technically they took turns killing each other, supposedly obly one guy committed suicide which is against Judaism. I thought murder was too, but that is the story, I just go with it.
The only thing worse might have been Tyre. Alexander the Great built a goddamn bridge to the foot of the fortress and then laid siege to it with two giant siege towers. During the initial battles the defenders of Tyre captured some Macedonian troops and executed them on the walls so the Macedonian army could see. Once Alexander got into the walls his army committed wholesale slaughter. Only the people who took refuge in a holy temple were spared. But 2000 people were crucified on the beach. Alexander didn't fucking play, and the people of Tyre saw the "demon king" coming for quite a long time.
>the "Tower of London"
>not a tower in sight
OP here (back from groceries), apparently someone else is also uploading. I have uploaded the first batch, but upload limit was reached quite fast. I will leave it to the other guy
I love castles.
Found out there once was one a couple kilometres fom my home in denmark.
There is no more, but maybe I can find some old coins there when I buy a metal detector.
oh good, what'd you get me? Yea, I am not the one who was requesting the megaupload, but I did enjoy the thread and I did click and save each one, 1 by 1, they all cool to me bro
> I demand you put in a lift/elevator
> Not letting fat ugly people see the top is discrimination!
> I don't care if you have to ruin the beauty and wonder for everyone else!
Haha sorry man, another time. If you've saved every last one this far, you have gathered the best of the best already. Only Krak des Chevaliers is missing, I had a good pic but apparently the file was corrupted so couldn't upload and too lazy to search a new one
No problem, will post a few more because of your enthusiasm
The original cheval de frise belonging to this one. Imagine running through those things
I've visited it last year, I've seen a lot of fortresses but this one is definitely in my top 5, it was very impressive.
Just Googling the best images I could find, over months I guess, just when I was bored. Some I've visited, others are still on the list
Imagine walking up in rainy season. Fuck I can't comprehend I have extra pictures for every detail haha
Well, that's it for now, hope you enjoyed.
I remember as a kid, when I were on vacation vith my parents and my brother and we went to different castles on our way through europe in the summers. Great memories. I was awestruck by the magnificence of these places.
This is Hammershus, on the island of Bornholm in Denmark. Visited it several times when I was a kid.
It's northern europe's biggest casle ruin. It's amazing.
And another view
There is a museum there also, with its history and detailed models of how it looked.
Been there. It's pretty awesome. There's still a strong military presence there because the nation of Islam refuses to ever let it fall into enemy hands ever again. Kinda spooky, in a "crazy zealots" kind of way.
Thanks I. Really enjoyed and appreciated it.
She was in use for almost 500 years continuously.
there you go OP
that's Sveti Nikola aka Saint Nicholas
in Šibenik, Croatia
>one floating wooden thing of 50 meters in length max. versus 1 stone tower tens of meters high, walls several meters thick, packed with cannons and oh yes, a giant fort behind it.
>not sure if troll
>starve someone to death, with a few men
>while living on a stone bridge surrounded by sea, in the wind
>sieging a giant towering mountain fort in front of you, whose inhabitants are right in front of you within a minute
>a mountain fort with sea all around it, supplied by ships
The tactical mind of some people