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Predjama Castle

"DUNCAN: This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air

Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself

Unto our gentle senses.

BANQUO: This guest of summer,

The temple-haunting martlet, does approve

By his loved mansionry that the heaven's breath

Smells wooingly here. No jutty, frieze,

Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird

Hath made his pendant bed and procreant cradle;

Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed

The air is delicate."

- Macbeth, Act I, Scene VI by William Shakespeare.

 

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Click here for an online guided tour.

 

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The castle was once the fief of a robber-baron who would taunt those besieging the castle by sending down fresh fruit to his enemies. This fruit was delivered through a network of secret caves above the fortress. A traitor, paid off by the enemy, advised those laying siege to Predjama that there is one place that even a King must go on foot, alone. When the laird went to the, you know, the the in the middle of the night, the traitor made a signal to the enemies who blasted the smallest room with cannon fire, killing the barron.

 

What can be seen today is the newer castle, an older one still exists behind the newer facade, delving deeper into the caves behind.

 

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Image effect obtained by making image monochrome (desaturating is better than greyscale for this) then negativing, passing a sepia colouring, negativing again (to return to un-negatived state) and passing sepia again. The negative sepia creates blue and the positive yellow.

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Taken on July 12, 2006