From Dover to Rye.

A castle to watch upon the shore and a cliff well known in the world. These are the first things you see when arriving in Dover after crossing the Channel. So did I. Driving down the road on the "wrong" side felt awkward even as co-driver but the view on both, the castle and the cliffs, was stunningly beautiful. 

Cliffs of Dover
Cliffs of Dover
Dover Castle
Dover Castle

The castle, which is also known as 'the key to England' was built by King Henry II in the late 12th century. But even before that, the Romans constructed a lighthouse on the ground of today's castle.

Roman Lighthouse (right)
Roman Lighthouse (right)

This place full of history was magical to me. Strolling through the old walls let my mind digress from reality into the past. How might it have been back in those times with the colors, the smell, the noise. Which parts were added to what time, like the building next to the church and roman lighthouse.

Many parts of the castle were used as military base. This is due to its srategic location (Shortest distance between England and France). Inside the castle was a museum about military history as well as some interior of King Henry's era (or maybe a bit later). In the garden outside were some canons from WWII exhibited. It was interesting to see that military servants did not really get anything for the struggles of fighting and serving for their country. 

Trebuchet at Dover Castle
Trebuchet at Dover Castle
Artillery in Dover Castle
Artillery in Dover Castle

Furthermore each room of the castle had its own surprise. The throne room for example where a small circular stairway was hiding in the left corner. I am a curious person, so I went there and had a look where it led to.

A chest next to the throne room
A chest next to the throne room
Detail with a dragon head
Detail with a dragon head

A beautiful chest was standing next to the wall. I was delighted by the colors and especially by the ornaments. It had dragon head shaped clasps. My curiosity was rewarded adequately I'd say. =) Following the stairs led me to another beautiful spot in the castle. There was a small chapel inside, with only one single room and a beautiful play with the light. Although there were only two windows, the room was completely bright. 


Chapel inside Dover Castle
Chapel inside Dover Castle

 

 The architecture in Dover Castle was really impressive. After spending 4 hours on the castle's area there was sadly no time left to take part on the tour for the underground hospital, which is a remaining from WWII. Another reason to come back to Dover one time.


The next stop on the trip was in a small town called Rye. For me Rye was a typical town in England. From workers quarters to ancient enchanted buildings there was a lot to see. Have a look what impressions I saved in Rye.

Workers quarters in Rye
Workers quarters in Rye
Historic cemetery and church in Rye
Historic cemetery and church in Rye
Older part of Rye
Older part of Rye
Town castle in Rye
Town castle in Rye

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