Inside the Keep of Trim Castle
Since this set of images from Trim Castle has generated so much interest, I am posting another image from the inside of the keep to show you just how massive and elaborate the wall in this castle are. One can't imagine how much human labour went into the construction of this 13th century fortification. During its life the keep was enlarged twice. You can see the roof line of an earlier version of the keep along the back wall (the V-notch groove).
Trim Castle, known as Caisleán Bhaile Atha Troim in Irish, is the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It is located in the pretty town of Trim in County Meath, on the bank of the Boyne River. It was built by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter and was first occupied in 1172. Although now a ruin, much of this impressive castle remains standing. The main central building (called a keep, aka donjon or great tower) is three stories in height. It has been partially restored and is accessible to visitors as part of a guided tour. The castle occupies about 30,000 m² in area. More images of this interesting castle can be found in my Flickr photostream.
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