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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