May 16, 2011

20 Impressive Moats Around the World


Bodiam Castle – East Sussex England | Photographer Unknown

 

A moat is a deep, broad ditch, typically filled with water, that surrounds a castle, building or town. Historically, it provided a preliminary line of defence. In some places moats evolved into more extensive water defences, including natural or artificial lakes, dams and sluices. In later castles the moat or water defences may have been largely ornamental.

Regardless, moats are an impressive sight to behold, and any building that calls for such design is likely quite important and/or expensive. While many of the moats are found in Europe, we also check out Asia and even touch down in Miami for a contemporary spin on this largely medieval phenomenon. Enjoy!

 

2. Matsumoto Castle, Japan


Photograph by MIRAI

 

3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia


Photograph by CHARLES J SHARP

 

4. Burg Gudneau, Germany


Photograph by RHEINPFEIL

 

5. Caerphilly Castle, United Kingdom


Photographer Unknown

 

 

6. Forbidden City – Beijing, China


Photograph by SHARON BEALS

 

7. Beloeil Castle, Belgium


Photograph by HENRI @ Webshots

 

8. Egeskov Castle, Denmark


Photograph by Flemming Christiansen

 

9. Vadstena Castle, Sweden


Photograph by RIGGWELTER

 

10. Bodiam Castle – East Sussex, England


Photograph by PHIL LAYCOCK

 

11. Château de Chambord, France


Photograph by Church of Emacs

 

12. Château de Chenonceau, France


Photograph by RA SMIT

 

13. Muiderslot Castle, Netherlands


Photograph by P BRUNDEL

 

14. Oerebro Castle, Sweden


Photograph by MR BULLITT

 

15. Leeds Castle, England


Photograph via Xcitefun.net

 

16. Bodelschwingh Castle – Dortmund, Germany


Photograph by SHARON BEALS

 

17. Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark


Photographer Unknown

 

18. Fagaras Castle, Romania

Photographer Unknown

 

19. Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building), Bangladesh


Photograph via Skyscraper City

 

20. Home of Charles Sieger – Miami, Florida


Photograph by FLORIDAPHOTO

 

 

 

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