Blackrock Castle (formerly Mahon Castle) is located in Cork, Ireland. The citizens of Cork appealed to Queen Elizabeth I to construct a fort at Blackrock. The round tower structure was built around the 1600’s as a stronghold against pirates and invaders. The castle was under the ownership of the City of Cork beginning in 1608. In 1722 and 1827, the castle was destroyed by fire and rebuilt by the citizens of Cork. When the castle was restored, the architects added three additional story’s to the original tower and rebuilt some of the outbuildings. The Cork Corporation purchased the castle in 2001. In 2007, in collaboration between the Cork Institute of Technology, Cork City Council, and a private benefactor, Blackrock Castle was reopened and converted into a science observatory center. People can send messages from the center to the Pan Galactic Space Station. The castle is open in July and August for touring.
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Airth Castle is located in the village of Airth, in the Falkirk area of Scotland. The Gothic castle dates back to the 14th century. The castle is often linked with the family of Robert the Bruce, since they owned the castle during the 15th century. The castle was burned during the Battle of Sauchierburn in 1488, but later rebuilt. An extension was built on the east side of the tower in the mid-16th century, and in 1581, a northeast wing was added, in turn creating an L-shaped design. In 1717, the castle passed into the hands of the Graham family, an ownership that continued over the next two centuries. In the 19th century, the Graham family commissioned architect, David Hamilton to fill in the L-shape. This changed the face of the castle to what it is today. The Graham family sold the castle in 1920, and it was converted into a hotel in 1971. Airth Castle is currently an award winning hotel and spa.
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Butrón Castle is located in Gatika, in the province of Biscay, in northern Spain. The castle dates back to the Middle Ages and began as a typical medieval tower, built on top of house Butrón. In the 14th century, the tower was remodeled into a castle. For more than 300 hundred years, battles were fought here between clans. By the 16th century, the castle was abandoned and fell into ruins. The castle was purchased and completely rebuilt in 1878 by Francisco de Cubas, who transformed it into what it looks like today. Only the ground floor and some of the defensive towers were preserved from the original. Following the Neo-gothic style, the castle has the whimsical appearance that I love. Cubas wanted to create something that inspired when looked upon, and he succeeded in creating something visually spectacular, unfortunately the castle wasn’t really built to live in. At one time it was open to the public, and it does have heat, electric, an elevator, and a few meeting rooms, but it is currently closed and is under the protection of Spanish law as a historic building.
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