Marto Swords from Toledo in Spain – sword manufacturer producing a totally awesome display swords, armor, costumes and medieval gifts.
Women in armor. Pictures of beautiful ladies in armor suits. Lady knights. Historical women in armor and pics of a heavily armored babes.
Look at these bauties, they are definitely nicer than male knights!
Queen ELizabeth I of England in plate armor (Cate Blanchett)
Joan of Arc in plate armor (Leelee Sobieski)
Joan of Arc in plate armor (Milla Jovovich, Messenger movie)
Princess armor (Natalia Vodianova)
A True lady knight
Lady knight with sword
Red hair babe in plate armor
Andromeda in leather armor (Rosamund Pike, Wrath of Titans)
Xena-The Warrior Princess in leather armor (Lucy Lawless)
Snow White in medieval armor (Kristen Stewart, Snow White nad the Huntsman movie)
Armored Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones)
Woman in German gothic armor
Mia Wasikowska in plate armor-Alice in Wonderland
Sexy woman armor
Babe in chainmail
Leather armor by Prada
Chasity belt-true medieval “armor” piece
Snow White and the Huntsman: Medieval suits of Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and Charlize Theron.
Snow White and the Huntsman projects is currently in development. While some are further along than others, one of the most high profile adaptations is Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Directed by Rupert Sanders, the film stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron.
Snow White and the Huntsman story
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman (Hemsworth) ordered to take Snow White (Stewart) into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen (Theron).
Snow White release date: 2012
Snow White cast in medieval armor and costumes
Kristen Stewart as Snow White
Chris Hemsworth as Huntsman
Sam Claflin as Prince
Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen
Pictures of fantasy babes with swords. Fantasy art by Luis Royo. Luis Royo is a genial Spanish artist known as author of apocalyptic, dark fantasy and horror paintings. Fantasy elven sword with design by Luis Royo.
Luis Royo art: Gallery of 20 fantasy babes armed by sword
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Fantasy elven sword designed by Luis Royo
Sword has been made by Marto in Toledo, Spain.
Game of Thrones characters in HBO series and in fantasy art. Game of Thrones is HBO fantasy based on books of George R.R. Martin.
Pictures of Game of Thrones characters
Eddard Stark (Sean Bean)
Arya Stark (Maisie Williams)
Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright)
Jon Snow (Kit Harington)
Catelyn Stark (Michelle Fairley)
Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey)
Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage)
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke)
Viserys Targaryen (Harry Lloyd)
Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa)
Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy)
Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson)
Czech castles, chateaux and monuments of medieval architecture. Castles from Czech kingdom (Kingdom of Bohemia) and its historical lands: Czech, Moravia and Silesia.
Czech republic has 10 millions of habitants but over 2000 castles, chateaux and fortresses. Unique Czech medieval architecture is combination of original slavic style with German, Italian and French influence.
Here is no space to show all important and famous castles from Czech so i decided to include those i like the most and i already visited.
Czech castles, chateaux and fortresses
Prague castle is the largest castle complex worldwide (Guiness). You can see an old gothic cathedral of St. Vitus.
Prague castle is place of famous Czech kings as Premysl Ottokar II, Charles IV or Rudolph II Habsburg were. The castle serves as seat of Czech presidents till today. The original and the eldest royal castle of Czech rulers was Vysehrad (High castle located also in Prague).
Charles bridge (front of pic) is one of greatest medieval monuments in Europe. Just imagine pople build this monster in 1347. The brighe is 1700ft long. You can see Charles bridge in Knights tale movie in the scene when knights entering London.
Karlstejn (Karlstein castle)
This castle served in 14th century as vault castle of Holy Roman Empire. Imperial crown and other regalia of German Emperors were stored here in 14th century.
My lovely fancy and romantic chateau located in south Czech. Originally renaissance castle rebuilt into this fancy romantic monument. Awesome place for wedding.
Located in central Czech. Living place of Archduke Ferdinand. His assassination has started ww1.
Fortress of city of Brno (capital of Moravia), the castle served as prison later. Babinsky, a famous Czech Robin Hood disappeared from his cell there.
Spilberk and city of Brno were besieged by Swedes during 30 years war. Swedes attacked city of Brno protected by Spilberk castle with 28 000 men under Torstenson command. Moravians had 500 soldiers and around 1000 volunteers. Swedes lost 8000 men in nearly four months and they decided to leave.
Moravians were true Spartans:) They saved Vienna as the capital of Austria was the next target of Swedish campaign.
Swedes did a last furious attempt to conquest castle and its city just in last days before they left. They penetrated walls but they were returned back by dragoon unit (cavalry). They finally decided to leave then.
Bouzov castle belonged to Teutonic knights. Fantaghiro, a famous Italian fairytale was filmed here.
Slavkov chateau, place of famous victory of Napoleon. Austerlitz is located in south Moravia.
Fantastic castle that can be included into any fantasy movie. Castle is located in central Czech over Sazava river.
Cervena Lhota is a fantastic water chateau located in South Czech.
Cesky Krumlov is a pitoresque city with mixture of gothic, renaissance and baroque architecture. The city with its castle is in UNESCO World Heritage List from 1992.
Location: south Czech. The city and castle belonged to Rosembergs (powerful czech Lords of Rose).
Another castle of Rosembergs in south Czech.
Orlik (Eagle castle)
Castle located over Vltava river, it belongs to Schwarzenberk family.
Majestic gothic fortress located in eastern Moravia.
Ruins of one of the most powerful medieval fortress located in central Europe. Jan Zizka-legendary Hussite general lost his eye here during conquest of the castle.
Dungeons and Dragons movie was filmed here.
Kost castle (Bone castle)
Classical medieval castle. Russian version of famous Quentin Durward movie (Walter Scott) was filmed here.
Castle located in central Czech. The Krivoklat castle is connected to Jan Mydlar, a legendary Czech executioner who executed 27 Czech lords in the beginning of 30years war.
Magister Kelly, English alchemist was imprissoned inside of these walls during reign of Rudolph II. Habsburg.
Chateau with huge park located in Moravia. The chateau is built in New gothic romantic style.
Loket castle (Elbow castle)
Castle of Knights Templars located on Czech / German borders.
Pretty impressive castle, many Czech and European fairytales were filmed here.
Sloup castle (Pillar castle)
Sloup castle is a castle complex build in a rock pillar. No idea how they did it in medieval times.
Sovinec castle (Owl castle)
Guard castle located in Silesia (Czech / Polish borders).
Ruins of a medieval castle. Two towers connected by walls left. Pretty romantic place for trips.
Small stronghold in South Czech around city of Tabor (Hussite HQ). Place of birth of Jan Zizka, the legendary Hussite general.
Templar property located in eastern Moravia.
Fancy and romantic small castle in woods.
Hradek u Nechanic
A classical medieval castle with majestic walls.
Other historical places in Czech republic i must to mention
Prague Astronomical clock
The eldest astronomical clock in Europe, built in 1410.
The figures of the 12 apostles, come out every hour and pass by the window above the astronomical dial. There are also eight immobile figures on the left and right side of the clock dial and the calendar. The Sphere or clock dial shows the movement of the sun, phases of the moon, the equinoxes, the seasons, the days, and the zodiac.
Imagine this cybertechnology in 15th century.
Beautifull renaissance town located in Moravia.
Telc city square
Unesco heritage list. Next great renaissance town with beautiful square and castle.
Golden lane – Dating from the 15th Century, this small street is lined by 11 historic houses, which exhibit medieval armoury and textiles, as well as selling tourist souvenirs. Visitors can also shoot a crossbow on the upper floor of one of the buildings.
Classical Czech villages
Fairytale like villages in south Czech.
Few movies filmed in Czech castles and histrical places: Knights Tale, Tristan and Isolde 2006, Van Helsing, From Hell, Brothers Grimm, Dungeons and Dragons, Solomon Kane, Fantaghiro and many more.
Medieval castles in Scotland. Beautiful pictures of Scottish castles, palaces and fortresses. Medieval architecture in Scotland, UK. Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, Balmoral Castle, Eilean Donan Castle and more.
Scotland is from the Lation Scoti, the term applies to Gaels. The Late Latin word Scotia (land of the Gaels) was initially used to refer to Ireland. The use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass all of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages. Scotland is associated with Rober Bruce, William Wallace, Tartan, Highlands and whiskey.
Castles in Scotland
There are records of the castle dating from the 12th century when the bulk of the castle would have been a stone keep. During the First War of Scottish Independence. Edinburgh Castle came under English control in 1300. After the death of Edward I in 1307 England’s control over Scotland weakened. In the spring of 1314,the Scots recaptured the castle. Robert the Bruce ordered the destruction of its defences to prevent occupation by the English. That same year Robert the Bruce and his army secured victory at the Battle of Bannockburn. During the Second War of Scottish Independence the castle to again come under English control. But in 1341, the Scots led by William Douglas again recaptured the castle.
David’s Tower was built in 1386 by Robert the Bruce’s son, David II of Scotland. The tower was originally the main entrance to the castle.
During the “Lang Siege” of 1573, David’s Tower collapsed and much of the castle was destroyed when supporters of Mary Queen of Scots who were holding the castle were besieged by supporters of King James VI. The siege ended when heavy infantry bombarded the castle. The Half Moon Battery was completed in 1588 on the site of the old David’s Tower after the Lang Siege, as part of the reconstruction works.
Stirling Castle and bridge
Stirling castle has played a major role in Scotland’s history. The city of Stirling has had strategic military significance since Roman times and for 3 centuries Scotland’s kings ruled from its imposing castle. Many battles in Scotland’s wars of independence were fought here. The Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture, towers over some of the most important battlefields of Scotland’s past including Stirling Bridge, the site of William Wallace’s victory over the English in 1297, and Bannockburn where Robert the Bruce defeated the same foe in the summer of 1314.
Falkland Palace, located in Fife, is a former royal palace of the Scottish Kings. The Scottish Royal family acquired Falkland Castle from MacDuff of Fife in the 14th century. The castle was rebuilt into an awesome renaissance palace later.
Balmoral Castle is a large estate house on Royal Deeside in Aberdeenshire. The estate covers about 50,000 acres. The castle is privately owned by the British royal family. The castle grounds, gardens, exhibitions, gift shop and the coffee shop are open to the public. The Balmoral Estate was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, and has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since.
Culzean Castle is a castle near Maybole, Carrick, on the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. Culzean castle has been constructed by order of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassilis.
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle is situated on a small island in Loch Duich in the western Highlands of Scotland. The original castle was built in 1220 for Alexander II as a defence against the Vikings. In medieval times the castle had towers and a curtain wall that covered nearly the whole island. By the late 13th century it was owned by the Mackenzies of Kintail (later the Earls of Seaforth). In 1511, the MacRaes became custodians of the castle, as protectors of the MacKenzies. Over the centuries the castle has been rebuilt at least four times. Eilean Donan was partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719.
Drummond Castle is a Scottish castle of 15th century with a beatiful gardens. Some of scenes in the Rob Roy movie (with Liam Neeson) has been made on Drummond castle.
Kennedy castle is located in south-west Scotland. The castle was built in 1607 by John Kennedy, 5th Earl of Cassillis. The castle burned down in 18th century and was never re-occupied again.
Braemar castle was a medieval stronghold of the Earls of Mar. The castle is located in Aberdeenshire, and it was seat of Clan Farquharson.
Ballindalloch Castle (The Pearl of the North) is a castle located in the Moray region of Scotland. The castle was originally a medieval fortress rebuilt into a country house later. The dining room of Ballindalloch is said to be haunted by a ghost known as The Green Lady.
Duns castle is located in Berwickshire. The castle, which was built around a 14th century tower given by King Robert the Bruce to the Earl of Moray. The eldest part is a Norman keep from 1320. The castle is well known place used for marriages today.
Inveraray Castle it is the seat of the Chief of Clan Campbell, the Duke of Argyll.
Medieval castles in Scandinavia. Castles and fortresses in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Viking castles. Pictures of beautiful Scandinavian architecture.
Castles in Sweden
Royal Palace in Stockholm
Residence of Swedish kings. The first building on this site was a fortress with a core tower built in the 13th century by Birger Jarl to defend Lake Mälaren.
Gripsholm castle is one of the finest castles in Sweden. Renaissance castle built around 1380.
Bohus castle is Swedish castle located on borders with Norway. Castle was controlled by Norway, Norway-Denmark and by Sweden today. Construction began in 1308 under King Haakon V Magnuson, king of Norway.
Carlsten, located on the western Swedish cost served as fortress protecting province of Bohuslän.
Swedish royal castle of 16th century founded by Gustav Vasa. Uppsala was religious center of Sweden.
Vyborg is a Swedish castle located in present Finland. Medieval fortress from 13th century, built by orders of Torkel Knutsson, the Lord High Constable of Sweden who made in 1290s a so-called crusade to Karelia, the so-called Third Finnish Crusade, actually aimed against Russians in Novgorod. Vyborg castle is a place of famous medieval tournaments and events.
Castles in Norway
Akershus castle is a medieval castle that was built to protect Oslo, the present capital of Norway. The castle has also been used as a prison.
Trondheim was capital of Norway during age of vikings.
Sverresborg castle in Bergen
Medieval fortress built by king Sverre Sigurdsson (1150–1202).
Castles in Denmark
Kronborg is located in Copenhagen, also known as as Elsinore (Helsingør) in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Kronborg castle was built in the 1420s by the Danish king, Eric of Pomerania.
Aggersborg is the biggest Danish viking fortresses, built at the same time period as the Trelleborg, Fyrkat and Nonnebakken viking fortresses in 980-981 AD by King Harald Bluetooth.
Egeskov is a formidable Danish water castle built in 14th century.
Winter residence of Danish kings. Other royal residences in Denmark: Fredensborg Palace, Marselisborg Palace, Gråsten Palace, The Hermitage Palace, Sorgenfri Palace, Château de Cayx, Schackenborg Castle.
Largest renaissance castle in Scandinavia. Frederiksborg castle is a castle in Hillerød, Denmark. It was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV, and is now known as The Museum of National History.
Medieval castles in Germany. Neuschwanstein castle, Hohenzollern, Heidelberg, Wartburg, Nuremberg, Mespelbrunn water castle and others. Beautiful European castles.
Probably the most famous German castle. Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Gothic Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.
Burg Eltz castle
Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago.
The Reichsburg Cochem had its first documentary mention in 1130. In 1151, it was occupied by King Konrad III, who declared it an Imperial castle. In 1688, the castle was overrun by French King Louis XIV’s troops in the course of the Nine Years’ War (known in Germany as the Pfälzischer Erbfolgekrieg, or War of the Palatine Succession), and the following year, they destroyed it. The castle complex long lay in ruins before in 1868 it was bought by the Berlin businessman Louis Fréderic Jacques Ravené for 300 Goldmark and then reconstructed in the Gothic Revival style. Since 1978 it has been owned by the town of Cochem and is administered by a company named Reichsburg GmbH.
he Heidelberg Castle is a famous ruin in Germany and landmark of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Known as Palace of kings, prison of popes.
Hohenzollern Castle. The ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern dynasty located in Swabia (Germany). One of Euope’s most beautiful and popular castles.
Mespelbrunn water castle
Mespelbrunn Castle is a medieval moated castle on the territory of the town of Mespelbrunn, between Frankfurt and Würzburg, built in a remote tributary valley of the Elsava valley, within the Spessart forest. One of the most visited water castles in Germany.
Nuremberg castle (Nürnberger Burg) is located on a sandstone rock in the north of the historical city of Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany. With its architecture and history the castle is one of the most important fortresses in Europe. It comprises three sections: the imperial castle (“Kaiserburg”), some buildings of the Burgraves of Nuremberg (“Burggrafenburg”), and the municipal buildings of the Imperial City at the eastern site (“Reichsstädtische Bauten”).
Burg Sooneck. The castle was managed by the Lords of Hohenfels as bailiffs for Kornelimünster Abbey near Aachen.
Waldeck castle was the master seat of the Hunsrücker Family Boos. This medieval castle endured several wars, and was partially destroyed by the French (1689) in the course of the Pfälzischen succession war.
The Wartburg is a German castle situated on a (410 m) precipice to the southwest of, and overlooking the town of Eisenach, in the state of Thuringia, Germany. In 1999 UNESCO added Wartburg Castle to the World Heritage List as an “Outstanding Monument of the Feudal Period in Central Europe”.