May 18, 2011

20 Beautiful Moats Around the World | Extensive water defences

A moat is a deep, broad ditch, typically filled with water, that surrounds a castle, building or town. Historically, it provided a preliminary line of defence. In some places moats evolved into more extensive water defences, including natural or Artificial lakes, dams and sluices. In later castles the moat or water defences may have been largely ornamental.

Regardless, moats are an impressive sight to behold, and any building that calls for such design is likely quite important and/or expensive. While many of the moats are found in Europe, we also check out Asia and even touch down in Miami for a contemporary spin on this largely medieval phenomenon. Enjoy!

Bodiam Castle – East Sussex England

Matsumoto Castle, Japan
Matsumoto Castle moats
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Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat moats
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Burg Gudneau, Germany
Burg Gudneau moats
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Caerphilly Castle, United Kingdom
Caerphilly Castle moats

Forbidden City – Beijing, China

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Beloeil Castle, Belgium
Beloeil Castle moats
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Egeskov Castle, Denmark
Egeskov Castle moats
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Vadstena Castle, Sweden
Vadstena Castle moats
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Bodiam Castle – East Sussex, England
Bodiam Castle moats
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Château de Chambord, France

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Château de Chenonceau, France
Château de Chenonceau moats
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Muiderslot Castle, Netherlands
Muiderslot Castle moats
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Oerebro Castle, Sweden
Oerebro Castle moats
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Leeds Castle, England
Leeds Castle moats

Bodelschwingh Castle – Dortmund, Germany
Bodelschwingh Castle moats
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Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark
Frederiksborg Palace moats

Fagaras Castle, Romania
Fagaras Castle, Romania moats

Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building), Bangladesh
Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban moats
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Home of Charles Sieger – Miami, Florida
moats Extensive water defences
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