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12 March 2013 @ 09:34 pm
Portchester Castle, Fareham, Hampshire, England  
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This is a Norman keep built within the walls of a Roman Saxon shore fort. The Roman fort was built at the end of the 3rd century AD to defend the south coast of England against the Saxon invasions.  The Normans reused the fort from the 11th century, Edward II fortifing it in the 14th century. Situated within Portsmouth harbour, the fort was used as the embarkation point for several medieval English invasions of France.

I didn't have a lot of time so didn't get to go inside, and it was freezing cold so the photos are not very good!

The Roman walls, right next to the sea.

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The south gate

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The church inside the walls

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The Roman gateway from inside the walls

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The gateway to the Norman castle inside the Roman walls

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The Norman keep

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Outside the walls

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haggispatrol on March 13th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
The piccies are quite good enough! Lovely stuff, thank you.
kizzikat: pic#102836339kizzikat on March 13th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed them!
Happy Accidents: cloud eyeconcosmiccircus on March 13th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
Wow, what an amazing castle! And the Roman ruins are spectacular!
kizzikat: pic#102836339kizzikat on March 13th, 2013 07:56 pm (UTC)
They are pretty good, aren't they? Glad you liked them!
Lisbet Karlsdottirlisbet on March 13th, 2013 03:39 am (UTC)
I agree, the pictures are fine! Thanks very much for sharing!:)
kizzikat: pic#102836339kizzikat on March 13th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Glad you liked them!
birdienl: pic#120114584birdienl on March 14th, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC)
Really nice! I love that the walls stand so close to the sea and still managed to stand strong for all those centuries, undeterred by water and wind!
kizzikat: pic#102836339kizzikat on March 14th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I wish I'd had more time! The bay is quite sheltered, so I would think the sea damage wouldn't be too heavy.
Morriganmorrigan716 on March 14th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
kizzikat: pic#102836339kizzikat on March 14th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Летописец: dentlorion on April 11th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
wonderful view on towers..=)
kizzikat: pic#102836339kizzikat on April 12th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed them!
Jo: ice cream parlourjustjo2u on April 14th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
Great pics. Another place I need to visit!
kizzikat: pic#102836339kizzikat on April 14th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Yes, I need to go back when I have more time and it's not so cold!