Windsor Castle, Berkshire, UK. Guide and information. Windsor - United Kingdom
Windsor castle. Windsor - United Kingdom
Direccion: Windsor SL4 1NJ, Reino Unido
Phone: +44 303 123 7334
Windsor Castle was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.
Windsor Castle is a palace and royal residence located in Windsor, in the county of Berkshire, United Kingdom, notable for its longstanding relationship with the British royal family and for embodying almost a millennium of architectural history.
This fortification was originally designed on a motte and with three walls around a central mound to serve as a stronghold for the Norman Conquerors outside London and to command a strategically important area of ??the River Thames.
The complex survived the turbulent period of the English Civil War, when it was used as a military barracks by Parliamentarian forces and as a prison for Charles I. During the Stuart Restoration, Charles II rebuilt much of the castle with the help of the architect Hugh May and created a series of extravagant baroque interiors that are still awe-inspiring today. After a period of neglect in the 18th century, Kings George III and George IV refurbished and rebuilt Charles II's palace without sparing any expense to produce the design for the current State Apartments, decked out in Rococo, Gothic and Baroque styles. Queen Victoria made minor changes to the castle, which she used as a royal entertainment center for much of her long reign in the 19th century.
Windsor Palace's location on a hill restricts the size of its gardens, which extend to the east of the castle across 20th-century terraced land. An extensive park surrounds the exterior of the palace grounds, the eastern area of ??which is a creation 19th-century landscape park known as Home Park which includes gardens and two farms, plus several cottages occupied by employees of Frogmore House. The Camino Largo, a two-way avenue lined with trees, extends four km to the south in a straight line and is 75 m wide. The original 17th-century elm trees have been replaced by alternating chestnut and banana trees after replanting at large scale that had to be undertaken due to the impact of graphiosis from 1945.