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Medieval Impostors:
Belvedere Castle
& Castle Clinton

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Castle Clinton (left) is one of five forts built in the early 1800's to defend the New York Harbor. It now stands in Lower Manhattan as a National Monument and tourist attraction. With the Statue of Liberty in its background, and having been a famous emigrant landing, Castle Clinton can be seen as a symbol of freedom.  
In the center of an extremely modernized city, Belvedere Castle (right) attempts to provide a feel of medieval times. It was erected in 1869 as a lookout and, since May 1996, houses the Henry Luce Nature Observatory. 

Click on the Pictures above, or the following links, to see more!

  • Edwards, Anne, "Fort Belvedere", Architectural Digest (1991), 178-183.
  • Fleming, Thomas, "A Chain Across the Hudson", Boys' Life (1988), 11.
  • Sancha, Sheila, The Castle Story, (Crowell: New York, 1979).


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