Thursday, 21 March 2013

20 Impressive Moats Around the World

 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!

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Bodiam Castle – East Sussex, England 


Beloeil Castle, Belgium 


Bodelschwingh Castle – Dortmund, Germany 


Bodiam Castle – East Sussex England 

Burg Gudneau, Germany 


Caerphilly Castle, United Kingdom 


Home of Charles Sieger – Miami, Florida 


Château de Chenonceau, France 


Egeskov Castle, Denmark 


Forbidden City – Beijing, China 


Fagaras Castle, Romania 


Château de Chambord, France 


Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark 


 Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building), Bangladesh 


Leeds Castle, England 


Matsumoto Castle, Japan 


Muiderslot Castle, Netherlands 


Vadstena Castle, Sweden 



Vadstena Castle, Sweden


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