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Dragon Pavillion, Kaifeng, China

April 12th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

This is a recreation of the Song-era capitol. Apparently the surrounding lake is one of the cleaner in China, as people regularly swim in it.

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Potocki Palace, Lviv, Ukraine

April 11th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Potocki Palace in Lviv, Ukraine.

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Egeskov Castle, Funen, Denmark

March 25th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Egeskov Castle (Danish: Egeskov Slot) is located in the south of the island of Funen, Denmark. The castle is Europe's best preserved Renaissance water castle. Egeskov's history dates to the 14th century. The castle structure was erected by Frands Brockenhuus in 1554.

Due to the troubles caused by the civil war known as the Count's Feud (Danish: Grevens fejde), general civil unrest, and a civil war introducing the Protestant Reformation, most Danish noblemen built their homes as fortifications. The castle is constructed on oaken piles and located in a small lake with a maximum depth of five meters. Originally, the only access was by means of a drawbridge. According to legend, it took an entire forest of oak trees to build the foundation, hence the name Egeskov (“oak forest”).

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Palace in Radomierzyce, Poland

March 14th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Palace in Radomierzyce, Poland. Built in 1679-1732.

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The castle in Lutsk, Ukraine

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

The town was founded around a wooden castle built by a local branch of the Rurik Dynasty. At times the stronghold was a capital of the duchy, but since there was no need for a fixed capital in medieval Europe, the town did not become an important centre of commerce or culture. In 1240 the nearby town was seized and looted by the Tatars, but the castle was not harmed. In 1321 George son of Lev, the last of the line, died in a battle with the forces of Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania and the castle was seized by the forces of the latter. In 1349 the town was captured by the forces of Casimir III, but it was soon retaken by Lithuania.

During the Lithuanian rule the town began to prosper. Liubartas, son of Gediminas, erected a stone castle as a part of his fortification effort. Vytautas the Great founded the proper town by importing colonists (mostly Jews, Tartars, Armenians and Karaims). In 1427 he also transferred the Catholic bishopric from Volodymyr to Luchesk. Vytautas was the last monarch to underline the title of Duke of Volhynia and reside in the Luchesk castle.

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Ruins of a medieval Ordensburg castle, Radzyn Chelminski, Poland

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Ruins of a medieval Ordensburg castle in Radzyn Chelminski in Poland. The Castle was built by the Teutonic Knights.

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Ruins of the Teutonic Knights’ castle, Torun, Poland

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Ruins of the Teutonic Knights' castle from the 13th century in Toruń, Poland.

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Chęciny Castle, Poland

February 29th, 2008 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Chęciny Castle was built in the late 13th or early 14th century. It fell into ruin in the 18th century and remains in that state to this day.

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