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Fanson Castle

Fanson Castle or Chateau de Fanson is situated in the tiny village of Xhoris, in the province of Liege. This medieval castle, which was established in the 13th century, was a major fortification and a defense castle in the region. The building was destroyed in a siege in the 17th century, and most of its bricks were used by villagers to establish small houses. However, the building was repaired in the 19th century and eve ...
Founded: 19th century | Location: Xhoris, Belgium

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Narikala Castle

Narikala is an ancient fortress overlooking Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, and the Kura River. The fortress consists of two walled sections on a steep hill between the sulphur baths and the botanical gardens of Tbilisi. On the lower court there is the recently restored St Nicholas church. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of 'prescribed cross' type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia.

The fortress was established in the 4th century and it was a Persian citadel. It was considerably expanded by the Umayyads in the 7th century and later, by king David the Builder (1089–1125). Most of extant fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. In 1827, parts of the fortress were damaged by an earthquake and demolished.