Real Life Moats Around the World

June 24, 2011

Bodiam Castle – East Sussex England | Photographer Unknown

A moat is a deep, broad ditch, typically filled with water, that surrounds a castle, building or town. Historically, it provided a preliminary line of defence. In some places moats evolved into more extensive water defences, including natural or artificial lakes, dams and sluices. In later castles the moat or water defences may have been largely ornamental.

Regardless, moats are an impressive sight to behold, and any building that calls for such design is likely quite important and/or expensive. While many of the moats are found in Europe, we also check out Asia and even touch down in Miami for a contemporary spin on this largely medieval phenomenon. Enjoy!


2. Matsumoto Castle, Japan

Photograph by MIRAI

3. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Photograph by CHARLES J SHARP


4. Egeskov Castle, Denmark

Photograph by Flemming Christiansen


5. Bodiam Castle – East Sussex, England

Photograph by PHIL LAYCOCK


6. Château de Chambord, France

Photograph by Church of Emacs


6. Château de Chenonceau, France

Photograph by RA SMIT


7. Leeds Castle, England

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8. Bodelschwingh Castle – Dortmund, Germany

Photograph by SHARON BEALS


9. Fagaras Castle, Romania

Photographer Unknown


10. Home of Charles Sieger – Miami, Florida

Photograph by FLORIDAPHOTO


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