Were moats initially this small? The moat was much larger (more of a ditch because it was on a hill and water drained out of the moat) at the castle I visited in Segovia, Spain. As the certain area developed, ...
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Some random comments on reddit about Wasserschloss Glatt, Germany. This is one of the few surviving moated castles in the country and one of the oldest Renaissance castles in southern Germany. I'll post a bit more in the comments.
- Were moats originally this small? At the castle I visited in Segovia, Spain, the moat was much larger (more of a ditch because it was on a hill and water drained out of the moat). As the area developed, was the moat made smaller at all? Very cool! Thanks for posting!
- Cannon were in widespread use by the time this was built; so castles like this were obsolete in warfare. It's more for decoration and intimidation than defence.
- The castle doesn't look especially fortified either. Is this due to cannon and gunpowder etc. as well?
- Well, that and people were tired of living in dark rooms with tiny windows. At the time if you wanted the best protection you went for earthworks and brick walls (which don't shatter when hit by solid cannonballs like stone does), and everything is built low to the ground to make it harder to hit. Here's an example built from 1559 - 1594, Spandau Citadel . Another image. All that protection is great in wartime, but it makes for an awful stately residence.
- Oh thanks for that--make so much sense!
- AWESOME stately residence. 😉
- Is it used for anything today? A museum?
- Somehow the couple on the bench in the corner bring this to scale making is feel smallish for a castle. Also what a nice looking place to just relax for a few 🙂
- Would castles with moats like this one regularly flood? It looks like the water line has gone as high as the top of the stone foundation. Was the stone simply solid foundation? Or does the structure extend below? These posts always really stoke my imagination.
- What is the point of a moat?
- Stops people being able to breach the walls on those sides and limits them to only the front. Would've been good for defense back in the day. Read more comments