I was trying to figure out where I was going to post this stamp and was coming up empty handed. I decided to google the word Chateau and find its meaning. Well a Chateau is a large French country house or castle often giving its name to wine made in its neighborhood.
Scott# 223 - Terrace of Chateau
Issued in 1925 for the International Exhibition of Decorative Modern Arts in Paris, 1925.
Kronborg Castle on a 1920 Danish stamp. Situated on the NE tip of Zealand, with a narrow channel dividing it from Sweden, the castle was a royal residence dating back to the 15th century, and was substantially transformed and splendidified in the last quarter of the 16th. In 1629 it was very badly damaged in a fire, but it was subsequently rebuilt. The Swedes besieged and captured it in a war of 1658-1660, taking away many of the contents. In 1785 the castle was turned into barracks, serving that purpose until 1923. It was renovated, and opened to the public in 1938.
For many English speakers, the main significance of the castle is that it was the Elsinore of Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Sonderborg Castle on a third Danish stamp of 1920. It is situated on the island of Als, SE Denmark and the earliest part was built as a defence against attacked by the Wends (probably some of my own ancestors among them) in the mid-12th century. In subsequent centuries it was substantially strengthened and expanded. In 1864 it was incorporated into Prussia, being returned to Denmark in 1920. There is a well-preserved Lutheran Chapel constructed in the late 16th century.
Trakošćan was built in the 13th century within Croatia's northwestern fortification system, as a rather small observation fortress for monitoring the road from Ptuj to Bednja Valley.
According to a legend, Trakošćan was named after another fortification (arx Thacorum) that was alleged to have stood in the same spot back in antiquity. Another source claims that it was named after the knights of Drachenstein who were in control of the region in early Middle Ages.
The Zvolen Castle, which is located on the bank of the Slatina River, is the most distinctive feature and symbol of the Central Slovakian town of Zvolen. An armoured train that reminds the Slovak National Uprising is placed nearby the castle.
Gothic-Renaissance castle, which was built by King of Hungary Louis I in the 70's of the 14th century, was originally a hunting lodge and a villa of Hungarian kings. It was constructed in the Gothic style to resemble Italian manor houses.
In the 16th century, the castle's purpose changed and it was made over into a defensive stronghold. Fortifications, an entrance gate and two storeys were added to it, with a permanent garrison stationed at the castle. In the 18th century, the castle underwent its latest major reconstruction which lent it a Baroque appearance. The coffered ceiling in the Royal Hall, which features 78 portraits of Roman and German emperors, has been preserved up to the present day.
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