Château de Beynac, France

Château de Beynac, France

Château de Beynac is a castle in the department of Dordogne, France. It is one of the best preserved castles in the region. It is located on top of a limestone cliff, and was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac to close the valley. In 1944 it was registered as a historic monument by the Ministry of Culture. Parts of the 1999 movie, Jeanne d’Arc were filmed here. Thanks to Mylene.

Château de Beynac, France

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Montale Tower in Mount Titano, San Marino

Montale Tower in Mount Titano, San Marino

The Montale Tower is located in the small country of San Marino, enclaved in Italy. San Marino is one of the world’s oldest republics. In the mid-13th century San Marino had its own legal authority and records confirm its independence as of 1296. Late in the 13th century, the city started to be fortified. There are 3 towers in the peaks of Mt. Titano, guarding the small country. In 2008, the San Marino Historic Centre and Mount Titano were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. Thanks to Daria.

Check out more information from the UNESCO WHS list

Gaasbeek Castle, Belgium

Gaasbeek Castle, Belgium

Gaasbeek Castle is a national museum in the municipality of Lennik. The fortified castle was erected around 1240 to defend the Duchy of Brabant against the County of Flanders. Later on it was destroyed by Brussels city troops. Starting the 16th century a brick castle was constructed on the ruins of the medieval fortress. In the late 1880’s several renovations were made to recover its medieval-like appearance. The castle contains art collections and is owned by the Flemish Community. Thanks to Gerda.