Isle of Man: Castle Rushen

The Rushen Castle towers over the town of Castletown and is a massive fortress built in the 13th century by the kings of Mann, the original nordic kings of the country. It was built to fortify against the invading Scots first and then the Spanish later and fortified over and over. The outer walls are 25 feet high and 7 feet thick and there are four towers in the corners. The drawbridge defends the entrance and the moat surround everything. Interestingly, the clock was given to the castle by Elizabeth I in 1589 and still works!

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