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King John's Castle in Limerick

King John's Castle in Limerick
View of King John's Castle (Caisleán Luimnigh) from the River Shannon.
Limerick, Ireland

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Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
King John's Castle (Irish: Caisleán Luimnigh) is a 13th-century castle located on King's Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island, the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. One of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe, the walls, towers and fortifications remain today and are visitor attractions. The remains of a Viking settlement were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the site in 1900.
21 months ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos
Demetrius Chryssikos
The walls of the castle were severely damaged in the 1642 Siege of Limerick, the first of five sieges of the city in the 17th century. In 1642, the castle was occupied by Protestants fleeing the Irish Rebellion of 1641 and was besieged by an Irish Confederate force under Garret Barry. Barry had no siege artillery so he undermined the walls of King John's Castle by digging away their foundations. Those inside surrendered just before Barry collapsed the walls. However, such was the damage done to the wall's foundations that a section of them had to be pulled down afterward.
Between 2011 and 2013, the castle underwent a massive redevelopment, with €5.7 million spent to improve the visitor facilities of the castle. Among the improvements were a brand new visitor centre, interactive exhibitions with computer generated animations, and a cafe with views onto the courtyard and the river.
21 months ago.
* Didier 85 *
* Didier 85 *
Bel endroit !
21 months ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to * Didier 85 *
Yes, indeed !!
21 months ago.
Christine
Christine
beau lieu chargé d'histoire!
21 months ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Christine
;o)
21 months ago.
Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda
impregnable
21 months ago.
Demetrius Chryssikos has replied to Armando Taborda
Merci Armando ! Greetings !!!
21 months ago.