Forts, castles and palaces seem to possess a mysterious and unique charm. Each has an interesting history ranging from bloody battles to royalty living in opulence. You will enjoy exploring these that encircle the world and the United States.
43 imagesIt is hard to imagine life as a soldier defending a fort, as a citizen living in a walled-in city or as a king and queen who rules a country from a glorious castle. In this gallery you will see and hear some of those historic stories.
46 imagesHistoric fortifications come in many shapes and sizes: from bastions that surround a city, to a fort equipped with cannons to extravagant castles. Each one was designed to protect a precious way of life with varying degrees of success and defeat.
47 imagesLife as a member of a royal family must be grand, especially inside a gorgeous palace. Several of the world’s most opulent structures are now museums. Some are the residences of kings and queens who are only figureheads. Yet others are the seat of their country’s rulers.