Sunday, August 30, 2015

Castles from Other Countries

UK PL-371605 received 02-25-2012

Sent by: PaulaZ87
From: Caerphilly, Wales, UK
ID number: PL-371605
Notes: This is Caerphilly Castle in Caerphilly, South Wales.  You may notice, however, that the ID number for this card is from Poland.  Paula, the sender, is from Poland, but was working and living in Wales when she sent the card.  Obviously she has not changed her country when she requested an address from Postcrossing, so the ID number still started with "PL".  Anyway, Caerphilly Castle was built in the 13th century, and is surrounded by artificial lakes.  The castle started to fall into disrepair in the 16th century, and the lakes were drained in the 17th.  The Marquesses of Bute purchased the castle in 1776 and began extensive restorations.  In 1950, the castle and grounds were given to the state, the lakes were restored, and the castle is now open as a tourist attraction.

Turkey FI-2153104 received 07-23-2014

Sent by: MaHaKo
From: Palokka, Finland
ID number: FI-2153104
Notes: This card was sent from Finland, but it shows the castle in the port city of Bodrum, Turkey.  MaHaKo, aka Marita, purchased the card while visiting Turkey with her mom.  Construction on the castle began in 1404 by the Order of the Knights of St. John, and in 1409, a papal decree guaranteed a reservation in heaven for the workers who built it.  The castle was attacked several times after the rise of the Ottoman Empire.  After the Order's headquarters fell to the army of Sultan Suleiman, the castle was handed over to the sultan as part of the terms on surrender.  In 1962, the Turkish government turned the castle into the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which houses discoveries from ancient shipwrecks.  

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