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Himeji Castle, Himeji, seen from the moat

RIBA114592
NOTES: Himeji Castle is the finest example of Japanese castle architecture. It comprises a network of 83 buildings, with fortifications. The castle is also known as the White Egret (Hakuro-jo) or White Heron (Shirasagi-jo) for its brilliant white exterior and resemblance to a bird taking flight. The castle was originally built as a hillfort in 1333. In 1346 it was dismantled and remodelled as a castle. It was significantly remodelled over the next three centuries and completely rebuilt 1601-1609. It has survived bombings and earthquakes and remains intact. It was nominated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and has recently undergone an extensive restoration programme, which has restored the formerly grey roof to its original brilliant white colour. It re-opened in 2015.

Castelvecchio, Verona, looking towards the moat bridge

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Scarpa, Carlo (1906-1978)
NOTES: This fortress on the banks of the Adige was built by the Scaligers in 1354-1355 and the main tower was completed in 1375. The interior was converted into the Civico Museo d'Arte in 1964 by Carlo Scarpa.

Palacio del Segundo Cabo, Plaza de Armas, Havana

RIBA146202
de Trebojos Zaldivar, Antonio Fernando
NOTES: On the far left is the Castillo de la Real Fuerza (1562-1577). See RIBA158707 for a colour version of this image.

Palacio del Segundo Cabo, Plaza de Armas, Havana

RIBA146203
de Trebojos Zaldivar, Antonio Fernando
NOTES: On the far left is the Castillo de la Real Fuerza (1562-1577)

Castillo de los Tres del Morro, Havana: the dry moat

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Antonelli, Battista (1547-1616)
NOTES: The castle was begun in 1589 and not completed until 1630 by Cristobal de Roda Antonelli (his nephew). See RIBA155408 for a colour version of this image.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Plaza de Armas, Havana: the tower and the Giraldilla

RIBA146234
de Calona, Francisco (1528-1607)
NOTES: Built between 1558-1577, it was the first bastioned fortress to be built in the Americas. The engineer was Bartolome Sanchez, under the direction of the architect Francisco de Calona. See RIBA158709 for a colour version of this image.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Plaza de Armas, Havana, seen from the moat at dawn

RIBA146254
de Calona, Francisco (1528-1607)
NOTES: Built between 1558-1577, it was the first bastioned fortress to be built in the Americas. The engineer was Bartolome Sanchez, under the direction of the architect Francisco de Calona. See RIBA146275 for a colour version of this image.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Plaza de Armas, Havana, seen from the moat at dawn

RIBA146275
de Calona, Francisco (1528-1607)
NOTES: Built between 1558-1577, it was the first bastioned fortress to be built in the Americas. The engineer was Bartolome Sanchez, under the direction of the architect Francisco de Calona. See RIBA146254 for a black and white version of this image.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Havana

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de Calona, Francisco (1528-1607)
NOTES: Built between 1558-1577, it was the first bastioned fortress to be built in the Americas. The engineer was Bartolome Sanchez, under the direction of the architect Francisco de Calona. See RIBA146254 for a black and white version of this image.

Castillo de la Real Fuerza, Havana: the drawbridge and main entrance

RIBA146352
de Calona, Francisco (1528-1607)
NOTES: Built between 1558-1577, it was the first bastioned fortress to be built in the Americas. The engineer was Bartolome Sanchez, under the direction of the architect Francisco de Calona. See RIBA158721 for a colour version of this image.

Great Tangley Manor, Wonersh, Surrey

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Webb, Philip Speakman (1831-1915)
NOTES: A moated manor house, with a 15th century core. Possibly a hall house originally; the main part was built in 1584. It was part demolished in the 18th century and in 1884 Philip Webb was employed to restored and extend the house. A new wing was added to the north in 1906 by the architect and landscape designer Inigo Thomas.
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