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8-08-2015, 16:24

THE CASTLE BECOMES A PALACE

In the sixteenth century, castles became palaces. Along the Loire river and its tributaries the French built graceful palaces ever more divorced from military reality, meanwhile in the south, Spain and Portugal—inspired in part by the luxury of Moorish palaces and the availability of skilled Moorish craftsmen—created architecture that gave rise to the dreamers’ “castles in Spain.” Vestiges of medieval battlements decorated the buildings, which were now built for comfort and display.

 

 

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