Windsor Castle is the one of the most famous castles in the entire world. From the moment of its creation it was associated not only with the wealth and advanced architecture, but also with royalty that lived in it. With is thousand year occupation by the royal family of England, Windsor castle represents the longest-occupied palace in Europe and one of the most visited tourists attraction in England.
Castle was built on the small hill alongside river Thames, a location that was previously used by both Celts and Romans who reinforced that area with forts and hill forts. The original Windsor castle (one of nine castles that were created around London) was built in 11th century as a simple mote and baley castle, created predominately from wood. Henry I became attached to this castle, intending for it to become royal house for English crown. This started the age of gradual reconstruction of the castle from its simple design to the magnificent form it now possesses. Here are some of the most major upgrades castle Windsor received since its creation:
Today, over 500 people works and lives in Windsor castle, maintaining it as both tourist attraction and a functioning royal home and location for numerous royal gatherings, state banquets and official entertaining events. More than million tourists who visit Windsor each year can witness much of its history and see large portion of the Royal Collection of art.
|Location||Berkshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Built by||William the Conqueror|
|Construction Materials||Bagshot Heath stone|
|Type||Three bailey wards with a central round keep|
|Architectural Style||Victorian architecture, Georgian, Gothic architecture|
|Architect||Jeffry Wyattville, Edward Blore, Anthony Salvin, Hugh May, Giles Downes, Henry Emlyn|
|Current Condition||Intact, used as a royal palace|
|Current Owner||The Occupied Royal Palaces Estate|
|Controled by||The Royal Household|
|Open to the Public||Limited|