A castle is a type of fortified structure built during the Middle Ages by the nobility or royalty and by military orders but usually considered to be the private fortified residence of a lord or noble.

This is distinct from a palace, which is not fortified or from a fortress, which was not always a residence for royalty or nobility.

The "Amsterdamse Poort", built around 1486 and the only city gate left from the old fortified wall around Haarlem in the Netherlands

Château de la Palice in Lapalisse in the Allier department of France is property from the Chabannes Palice family since 1430

The Valltordera Medieval Castle in Tordera in Spain is actually not a castle, it's a modern construction. Since 1984 it is an entertainment hall where 1500 spectators can enjoy a nightly dinner show with medieval tournaments, equestrian demonstrations and a festival of Spanish flamenco dance

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