The photos below are what we saw.
stonework was impressive. The whole castle has been
upgraded over the years adding additional fortifications,
facilities and amenities such as running water, sewer and
is actually in use as a residence by the Queen and she was in
the house when we were there. This gate was not open to
tower has been enlarged over the years with the last enhancement
being an additional 10 meters to the top to make it "look more
like a castle".
started 1070AD and back then burning wood and coal was the only
way to keep warm. Note the abundance of chimneys.
enter through the St. James Gate.
medieval site, I did not expect to hear constant jet
noise. Turns out that Windsor, like many attractions in
the area, is on the flight path to Heathrow.
entered the castle through the St. George gate. St. George
is the patron saint of the Order of the Garter, the oldest
British Order of Chivalry, founded in 1348. The carving
shows St. George slaying a dragon.
is a royal residence and therefore there were vast areas of the
castle that were off limits to common tourists.
entrance, we could see the original mote that has been drained
and turned into a garden.
the opposite direction we could see other high towers in the
are a number of folks that reside at Windsor beside the royal
family (which is not always in the castle). These quarters
were in a restricted area.
were not supposed to take photos in St. George's chapel, but
sometimes you have to live dangerously. I carried the
camera at my waist and did a "point and pray". Note the
columns that are constructed of carved rock with webbing.
overhead, the details of the carving were incredible and
represent the highest level of the stone mason's art.
Heraldic crests were embedded in the centers of the designs.
managed to get a fleeting shot of the organ. Not to brag,
but this photo was taken from my lap with an exposure time of
0.8 seconds and the camera did a great job of stabilizing the
image. This is the longest hand-held exposure I have
done. The Sony A7M2 does a really, really good job.
were nice stained glass windows in chapel.
huge jets in the same area as a medieval castle was somewhat
disquieting, if you can excuse the pun.
buildings along the moat path were imposing.
way to the State Apartment, we had to go through a large
the wall was a set of cannons that were captured in the
1800s. This one was captured in Borneo in 1844.
proper medieval castle has to have gargoyles. But usually
gargoyles are used as the exit spout for the rain gutters; these
were purely decorative.
inner walls were set with sharp pieces of flint into the
mortar. I think of it as medieval razor wire. These
stones were razor sharp.
cannon was in a ship wreck and then later salvaged, thus
accounting for the massive corrosion.
area that you would want to take photos they were
prohibited. But, I did manage to sneak a shot of this
statue of Queen Victoria.
military guard band played while the guard changed. It was
a nice gesture, but the band was clearly the second string
group. To be frank, they sucked.
changing of the guard is a big deal for the tourists.
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