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