Lens Artists Photo Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn

Leya’s challenge is for this week is weathered or worn.

Conwy Castle is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. The castle was built by Kinh Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289.

An estimated £15,000 was spent building the castle, the largest sum Edward spent in such a short time on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1307.

UNESCO considers Conwy to be one of “the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe”, and it is classed as a World Heritage site.

There are eight 21 meters (70 feet) massive towers measuring 9.1 meters (30 feet) in diameter with walls up to 4.6 meters (15 feet) thick; It also has 142 Arrow slits.

The courtyard would have once been a busy place and packed with buildings, which have now been lost.

Though the Conwy Castle was restored by Henry VIII in 1520s to 1530s, it was weathered and worn by the early 17th century.

Charles I sold it to Edward Conway in 1627 for £100, and Edward’s son, also called Edward, inherited the ruin in 1631.

The guard never sleeps. 🙂

Thanks to Ann-Christine’s inspiring theme. Her “Weathered and Worn” post is fascinating and beautifully presented.

We are looking forward to seeing your interpretation. Be sure to tag your post with Lens-Artists so that others can find you in the Reader.

If you’re new to the challenges, here’s our monthly theme calendar – and be sure to subscribe to all the blogs to get the challenges:

Week 1–Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/

Week 2–Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/

Week 3–Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/

Week 4–Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/

74 thoughts on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #38 – Weathered or Worn

  1. I’m trying to imagine how much renovation Edward’s son did to the castle after he inherited it from his father. 🙂 Not as easy task. This structure is massive. Like you, I love the World Heritage sites and always make sure to visit them when we travel.

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    • The renovation must be a massive work, the side of the wall facing the entrance looks much better. The view is great from the top of the castle. Sometimes, we use the World Heritage list helps us decide where to visit. 🙂
      Thank you for your comment, Patti!

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  2. Massive and impressive castle – a perfect choice and well presented for the challenge! I also try not to miss out on the World Heritage sites when traveling. This castle is now on my “list”, even if I do not have a list for real.

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  3. You did a great job of capturing the immensity of Conwy Castle, Amy. Really enjoyed this visit, thank you. Amazing to think how very old this structure is, and all the life that existed among these stone walls.

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    • Thank you, Amy for spending time here. The castle must be a massive construction work back and didn’t take long, between 1283 and 1289. So glad you enjoyed reading it. 🙂

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  4. We have been to a number of Welsh castles but not this one. They are always fascinating places, and brilliant to explore for kids and adults alike.


  5. Old, worn bricks always seem so romantic to me. Maybe it’s the thought of all the history they’ve seen and all the life they’ve held. These are beautiful shots! I particularly like the interior views. It’s nice to imagine what it would like to live in a place like that day-to-day. And the guard is spectacular! Such character! Thank you so much for sharing!


    • If only these bricks and stones can talk. They’d tell us lots of stories. I feel the same about castles, it allow us to wonder and imagine… .
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. 🙂


  6. Typically “weathered and worn” doesn’t elicit a very pleasing picture, but in this case, yours are gorgeous examples. How wonderful to have visited such amazing places, Amy!


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