This Irish castle, built in 1446 by Cormac MacCarthy, is the site
of the famous Blarney Stone. The stone is located just below the battlements
(defensive parapets with openings). If kissed - which can only be
done by leaning far out with head downward - it is said to give the
gift of eloquence ("blarney"). Fine machicolations protect the
This impressive castle (west of Kobe) was built in the sixteenth
century and reconstructed in 1601 and 1956. It is perhaps the finest
surviving example of Japanese feudal architecture. It was
used in the early seventeenth century as a defense against daimyos
hostile to the new Tokugawa government. Its five-story donjon
is surrounded by a complete system of walls and moats.
Tower of Belém
This ornate fortified tower was built by Francisco d'Arruda in
the sixteenth century. It is situated in the Tejo (Tagus) River
in the suburbs of Lisbon. The windows, balconies and turrets are
decorated in the Manueline style - a special Portuguese transition
between the Gothic and the Renaissance. The lower levels of the
adjoining platforms contain artillery emplacements.
A NOTE from Sir Dragon Tamer
about the ART and PHOTOS at the dragontamer's - Most of the photos
we have used in our study of The Middle Ages were taken by Seventh
Grade students at their Festival, celebrating the completion of a Medieval
History Unit. All other ART and PHOTOS here were used with the permission
of their creator. PLEASE do not take our images with out our permission.
They are not intended as public domain. Thanks.