20 Impressive Moats Around the World

14 Dec 2014 Nature
20 Impressive Moats Around the World

A moat is a deep, broad ditch, typically filled with water, that surrounds a castle, building or town.

A moat is a deep, broad ditch, typically filled with water, that surrounds a castle, building or town. Historically, it provided a preliminary line of defence. In some places moats evolved into more extensive water defences, including natural or artificial lakes, dams and sluices. In later castles the moat or water defences may have been largely ornamental.

Regardless, moats are an impressive sight to behold, and any building that calls for such design is likely quite important and/or expensive. While many of the moats are found in Europe, we also check out Asia and even touch down in Miami for a contemporary spin on this largely medieval phenomenon. Enjoy!

1.Bodiam Castle – East Sussex England | Photographer Unknown

2. Matsumoto Castle, Japan

3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

4. Burg Gudneau, Germany

5. Caerphilly Castle, United Kingdom

6. Forbidden City – Beijing, China

7. Beloeil Castle, Belgium

8. Egeskov Castle, Denmark

9. Vadstena Castle, Sweden

10. Bodiam Castle – East Sussex, England

11. Château de Chambord, France

12. Château de Chenonceau, France

13. Muiderslot Castle, Netherlands

14. Oerebro Castle, Sweden

15. Leeds Castle, England

16. Bodelschwingh Castle – Dortmund, Germany

17. Frederiksborg Palace, Denmark

18. Fagaras Castle, Romania

19. Jatiyo Sangshad Bhaban (National Assembly Building), Bangladesh

20. Home of Charles Sieger – Miami, Florida

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