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We crossed the country of Wales from the border area with England to Aberystwyth on Cardigan Bay, which is carved out the Irish Sea by the Pembrokeshire Penisula, which juts out into the Irish Sea to the south & the Llŷn Peninsula to the north.

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Land of Castles:
the Country
of Wales

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Aber, as it is known informally, is a historic market town, a resort town, a major educational center being the home of Aberystwyth University & the Library of Wales.


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We enjoyed our brief stay in Aberystwyth, had a wonderful view of the sea from the balcony of our accommodations over the rooftops of the buildings below & just a short walk down to the central area of town.

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Aberystwyth Castle was a castle built by Edward the First, the King of England who reasserted British authority by force over Celtic Wales & part of that campaign was the building of a ring of castles around northern Wales to secure England*s conquered territory during the later portions of the 1200s.

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The structure in the photograph above is the remnants of a barbican, which is a small enclosure that is forward of the gatehouse of a castle.

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King Edward I had his castles constructed by the sea for provisioning by ships during a possible siege by Welsh patriots.


Links to Our Visit in 2008 to Wales

Wales Home Page

The Mid-Wales Border

Devil's Bridge

Dyfi Furnace

Mountains and Seashore

Castell y Bere

Dyfi River Valley

Along the Way

Harlech Castle

Snowdonia

Llechwedd Slate Caverns

Criccieth Castle

Anglesey Island

Beaumaris Castle

Llangollen

Rug Chapel



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