Conwy Castle is today considered by many historians and artists as one of the finest castles ever created in the 13th and 14th century in Europe. It was built with the enormous expense to be not only a simple military castle, but a impressive fortification that can held inside its walls entire town. Because of its impressive architecture, defensive capabilities and the towering nature that captured minds of both military leaders, royals and artists, Conwy castle went through turbulent events that shaped its modern form.
Conwy Castle was built in the location that was previously occupied by Aberconwy Abbey, located on a hill looking over the important crossing over river Conwy. Decision for castle creation came from King Edward I, who invaded Wales with the huge army in 1282 and captured Aberconwy abbey in 1283. It was then that he ordered creation of the very expensive castle, with reinforced walls that protected not only castle itself, but also entire city. Construction of the castle and its impressive walls lasted until late 1280s (in total, 1.3km of walls were made, with 21 towers and three gatehouses), and the entire castle coasted around £15,000. This made it one of the most expensive castles ever created by that time.
Some of the most important moments from the Conwy castle history are:
|Other Name(s)||Castell Conwy|
|Location||Conwy, Wales, United Kingdom|
|Built by||Edward I|
|Construction Materials||Limestone Sandstone|
|Type||Rectangular enclosure castle|
|Architect||James of Saint George|
|Height||98' (30 m)|