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Battles and heroes in the castles of Wales

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Conwy Castle

The land of Welsh It is an ode to nature, tradition, history and adventure. I was fortunate to travel part of it in the middle of last June and I must admit that I was wanting more. It was a trip in which we alternated visits to small towns and castles with Adventure activities Outdoor and good food. You can not ask for much more.

In the cultural field Wales is known as the Land of Castles. When you drive your roads by car, you realize that the data that says that it is the part of the world with the highest density of these medieval fortifications is not invented.

English king Eduardo I, known as Longshanks by his long limbs, he defeated the last king of Wales, Llywelyn, at the end of the 13th century. Then he devoted much of the English money reserves to build a series of castles from which to control Wales and threaten Scotland, next target in the conquest of the monarch.

The legacy left by Edward I in Wales is known today as the Iron ring (Iron Ring): a series of fortresses very close to each other that made the country an almost impregnable place.

Visiting each and every one of the English and Welsh castles (there are also, of course) could take you many days or weeks. Here I will talk about the three I visited.

Conwy Castle

On the north coast of Wales there is a small town called Conwy. Some 15,000 inhabitants live quietly by the sea, protected by a imposing fortress.

Strolling along the pier, with fishing boats and pleasure boats being rocked by a gentle swell, we approach the vast defensive walls of the construction built between 1283 and 1289.

He Conwy Castle It is considered one of the best preserved samples of the military architecture of Europe in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. Not in vain, it has been declared Heritage of humanity by unesco.

While standing under the walls, they seemed true colossi and it was impossible for me to think how they could bend such defenses with the weapons of the time. That is why he resisted the siege of 1294-95, when the Welsh tried to conquer it. During that Christmas, King Edward I, who was surprised by the attack while in the castle, attended the mass of the rooster from his small room hidden over the chapel. There we began a visit that led us to tour the inner courtyards, prison, guard rooms, kitchens, etc.

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