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Palaces, Castles & Forts in Greece

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Venetian Castles & Forts

The Republic of Venice held a number of overseas areas in today’s Greece. These included the Ionian and Cycladic Islands, Peloponnese and Crete. Most of Venice’s overseas gains followed the end of the Fourth Crusade in 1204. The Venetians built fortresses to protect strategic routes and important lands, particularly in their clashes with the Ottoman Empire. Their final conflict resulted in Ottoman victory and the end of Venice’s occupation of the Greek peninsular and islands.
The reconstructed north entrance, with the charging bull fresco.

Minoan Palaces

Straddling the southwest peninsula between the Celtic Sea to the north and the English Channel to the south, Devon’s two coastlines are known for quaint, historic seaside villages, sandy beaches and dramatic cliffs. The two national parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor, have prehistoric stone circles in remote, evocative settings. In the early 1900s fossil hunters found the earliest human remains in England, while builders constructed Castle Drogo, England’s youngest castle.

Isles of Scilly

As one of England’s designated heritage cities, there is a lot of historical interest for visitors to Salisbury. The many and varied attractions in and around Salisbury span some 5,000 years. From the Stone Age site of Stonehenge and its wider landscape, to the Iron Age hill fort at Old Sarum. From the remains of the early medieval settlement there, to the striking cathedral in present day Salisbury. A city with a captivating setting that has been attracting visitors since the early 1800s. The painter John Constable being one of the more well known.