Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Medieval Donjon - Rooftop View

Medieval castles had common architectural features and the donjon is perhaps one of the most notable. Introduced into Britain by the Normans, the donjon became known in England as the castle keep.

Medieval history enthusiasts today can enjoy visiting many castle keeps whch have been lovingly restored and preserved. Some are just a shell and a shadow of their former medieval glory but others still have their staircases and interior rooms and floors intact. This type of donjon is always well worth a visit.

Pons is a small medieval town in SW France. It's a place most people have never heard of and yet it has a fabulous, preserved medieval donjon. Here is a video clip of the views from the very top of the donjon, sufficient to make you realise the degree of advantage such a high building brought to the town's people back in medieval times.

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