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Spain's Mighty Alhambra Fortress

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Walls of History III: The Alhambra

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Contributor and drone pilot Eminorcks created this spectacular aerial video of one of the great fortresses of Europe.  The Alhambra of Granada lies in the province of the same name, one of the eight which make up the Andalusia region of Southern Spain.  It is the site of one of the more notable historical events of the second millennium AD: in 1492, Spain's King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella gave the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus the go-ahead for his first great voyage in which he "discovered" the New World.

The Rumeli Fortress of Istanbul

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The Rumeli Fortress, Istanbul

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Rumeli Fortress sits on the western (European) side of the Straits of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  Rumeli played a critical role in the siege of the city then known as Constantinople by forces under Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who overwhelmed the heavily-defended city after a 53-day siege in 1453.  The sack of what was then the world's largest city marked the end of the Byzantine Empire (the formal successor to the Roman Empire) and is considered one of the most important historical events of the Middle Ages.

Italy's Rocca Calascio

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Rocca Calascio - MiddleAges Project

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Numerous fortresses were built at key points in the Apennines mountains which run down the "spine" of Italy.  In this video, contributor Zippomaker used a drone to create a remarkable aerial video of Rocca Calascio, the highest of these fortresses.  The fortification, which dates to the 10th century AD, sits at an elevation of almost 1.5k meters (about 4.8k ft.) in the Abruzzo region. It's been used as a filming locations for several movies, notably The Name of the Rose (1986) and The American (2010).

The Ancient Fortress of Masada

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Israel's Great Masada Fortress

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Masada is an ancient fortification built atop a plateau in the Judean Desert of southern Israel, overlooking the Dead Sea.  During the First Jewish War of the first century AD, Masada was the site of a famous siege by Roman troops following which the Jewish defenders (numbering perhaps a thousand) committed suicide en masse rather than surrender.  Contributor Nelly Volkovich used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this hallowed mountaintop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  

Chittorgarh: India's Largest Fort

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Chittorgarh Fort by Mavic Pro

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Chittorgarh Fort is one of the most famous fortresses in India and indeed the world.  It's situated in the southeastern part of Rajasthan, India's westernmost state.  Dating to the 7th century AD, the fortress served as the capital of the Mewar Kingdom, one of the princely states which eventually allied with the British Raj against the Mughal Empire prior to Indian independence.  Seen in this excellent drone video by Man Meets the World, Chittorgargh is the largest of the six Rajasthan hill forts in a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

Conwy Castle: Welsh Fortress

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Conwy Castle // Little Escape // Episode 5 // North Wales // Drone 4K

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Conwy Castle is one of the most famous fortresses in Wales.  It's situated in a town of the same name, on the north coast in the North Wales region. The great landmark was built by King Edward I of England during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. The castle was constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy.  Contributor Joshua Paul Gardner used a DJI Mavic Pro drone and a GoPro ground camera to create this video showing this important medieval landmark from a bird's eye view.

Fenestrelle: Europe's Largest Alpine Fortress

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Fenestrelle Fort

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Some of the world's most impressive fortresses are located in the mountain passes of Europe which separated different kingdoms in historical times.  Among the greatest of these is Fort Fenestrelle in northwestern Italy.  It was built in what was then the Kingdom of Savoy to guard the approaches to the great city of Turin in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy.  Contributor Maxfrompine used a DJI Mavic Pro to create this epic aerial tour of this landmark, the largest alpine fortress in Europe.  

Izzedin Fortress, Crete

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Drone Shots Episode 9: Itzedin Fortress (Chania)

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Contributor Taleporos created this aerial view of a famous  Ottoman fortress on the Greek island of Crete.  Izzedin was built on Souda Bay in 1872, during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire.  It moved to prison use during Crete's brief period as an independent country in the early 20th century, and it continued to be used as a prison once Crete became part of Greece in 1908.  During the decades when the country was ruled by a series of military juntas, it became notorious as a detention center for political prisoners. 

Sigiriya: Sri Lanka's Rock Fortress

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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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Contributor NGreyTravels used a DJI drone to create this remarkable aerial video of one of the world's most famous hilltop structures.  The Sigiriya ("Lion Rock") is a gigantic rock fortress and monastery complex located near the center of Sri Lanka, the island nation off the southern coast of India.  The fortress was built in the 5th century AD as a new capital city by Kashyapa I, a long-serving king of Sri Lanka.  It was later converted to a monastery, which was active until the 14th century.

Sisteron Citadel: Fortress in the French Alps

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Citadel of Sisteron - France

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Top contributor Freeway Prod used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this stunning aerial video of the Citadel de Sisteron, a very well known fortification in the foothills of the French Alps.  The town of Sisteron is located in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department, which is just to the south of the Hautes-Alpes department in the heart of the French Alps.  The citadel was built to take advantage of Sisteron's strategic location in the middle of a gap between two mountain ridges, once known as the Gateway to Provence.

Fortifications of Genoa, Italy

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Fortresses of Genoa - I Forti di Genova

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The Italian city of Genoa was once one of the most powerful entities in Europe.  The city sits on the Ligurian Sea but is otherwise surrounded by the Apennine Mountains.  Genoa's ability to defend itself against invasion through the mountains was critical to maintaining its power as a city-state, and a defensive system was developed over centuries which made Genoa one of the world's most heavily fortified cities.  In this drone video by info@coverphoto.it, you'll get a bird's eye look at some of these defenses.

The Great Indian Fortress of Mehrangarh

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Jodhpur, India

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Jodhpur is an important city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, lying close to the western Indian border with Pakistan.  Surrounded by the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is perhaps best known for Mehrangarh, a giant 15th century fortress which overlooks the city.  In this video, NGrey captures a woman practicing yoga against the distinctive blue buildings of the skyline of Jodhpur including its hilltop fortress.  Jodhpur appeared in the 2012 Batman superhero film (and box-office blockbuster) The Dark Knight Rises.

The Fortress of San Juan, Puerto Rico

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DJI Phantom 4: Old San Juan Puerto Rico, Over Castillo San Felipe del Morro

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San Juan is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, sitting on the northern coast of the country.  It was one of the oldest European settlements in the Western Hemisphere.  Due to its strategic importance, the most prominent landmarks in the city are a series of fortresses built by the Spanish to defend their prize territory.  In this video, contributor Sikview used a DJI drone to create this unforgettable aerial tour of the San Felipe fortress; known as El Morro, it was built between the 16th-18th centuries.

Wales' Harlech Castle

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Harlech Castle: Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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Contributor AVEA - Alta Vistic Epic Aerial created this marvelous drone video of a famous fortress in northern Wales.  Harlech Castle is situated within Snowdonia National Park in Gwynned County.  The great landmark was built by King Edward I during his conquest of Wales in the late 13th century.  During the War of the Roses in the 15th century, Harlech was the site of a famous siege by Yorkist forces which ended in a Lancastrian surrender in 1468.  It's known as the longest siege in British history.

Armenia's Amberd Fortress

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The Amberd Fortress, Armenia

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Contributor and drone pilot Alex Avsharov created this magnificent drone video of a famous Armenian fortress.  Amberd (which translates roughly to "fortress in the clouds") is in the Aragatsotn Province, which covers the west-central portion of this former Soviet republic.  The fortification was built in the 7th century AD.  Amberd played a key role in the centuries-long struggles between the Turks, Armenians, and Mongols, although it was abandoned in the 13th century and now sits in a ruined state.

Palamidi: Venetian Fortress in Greece

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Palamidi Fortress

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Παλαμήδι is the Greek word for Palamidi, the great fortress of the Peloponnese region built by the Venetian Empire during its second occupation of Greece. The fortress is made of stone and was completed in 1714. Unfortunately for the Venetians, the Turks captured the fortress only a year later and occupied it for nearly a century until the Greeks took it, and their country, back in 1822. AirVuz contributor and pilot Sphereview does a marvelous job showcasing the centuries-old fortress in this aerial video. 

India's Mighty Amer Fortress

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India Drones Company

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Airvuz contributor India's Drones Company works throughout the state of Rajasthan in northern India. This video is a collection of drone footage from around the state which was put together for a tour company interested in showing off the region.  The highlight of the reel is some epic bird's eye footage of the great fortification and palace complex called Amer.  Located just a few km/mi from the state capital of Jaipur, this magnificent structure is one of a series of famous hill forts around Rajisthan.  

Croatia's Walls of Ston

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Croatia's Walls of Ston | Mavic Air

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Contributor Nathan Jermy used a DJI Mavic Air drone to aerially film the famed Walls of Ston, in the Southeast European nation of Croatia.  The walls were built in the 14th century to protect the town of Ston, one of the most important in the Republic of Ragussa whose capital was in nearby Dubrovnik.  In terms of footage, it's considered the longest fortification system in Europe.   The Walls of Ston were used as a backdrop for scenes around King's Landing in HBO's Game of Thrones, much of which was filmed on the Dalmatian Coast.  

Sumatra's Fort Marlborough

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Fort Marlborough, Bengkulu

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Situated on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Fort Marlborough was one of the most important defensive British fortifications during the Colonial Era.  It was built in the early 18th century by the British East India Company, which was largely responsible for creating the British Empire in Asia.  Thereafter, until the dissolution of the Empire after World War II, Fort Marlborough was considered the strongest British fortification in southern/southeastern Asia after its fortress in Madras, India.

Srebrenik, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Srebrenik fortress - Bosnia and Herzegovina (DJI Mavic Pro)

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The spectacular medieval Srebrenik Fortress lies in the northeastern corner of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeastern Europe.  While the fortress was abandoned shortly after being built in the 14th century, it is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in all of Europe.  It was the birthplace of Tvrtko I Kotromanić first king of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Contributor Tamas Vargas used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this amazing video, which begins with a selfie and then reveals the mighty fortification.

Lisbon's Belem Tower

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Belem Tower

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The Fort of St. Vincent (Belém Tower) lies in the Tagus River in Lisbon.  It was built in the early 16th century to fortify the Portuguese capital city's defenses against a seaborn invasion.  However, despite being later strengthened, the tower surrendered to Spanish forces after just a few hours of battle.  It was subsequently used for a prison.  After falling into a state of disrepair, the tower was fully renovated in the 1990's.  It is now listed as one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

India's Kumbhalgarh Fortress

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Kumbhalgarh: The Great Wall of India

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Kumbhalgarh is one of India's most famous fortresses.  It's located in the Aravalli Mountains in the western part of the country.  Kumbahalgarh was built in the 15th century on the orders of the ruler of Mewar, a kingdom which covered the southern part of what is now the state of Rajasthan.  Its perimeter walls run for 36 km (about 22 mi.), making it one of the largest fortress complexes in the world.  Seen from above in this excellent drone video by Discover India, it's part of a UNESCO World Heritage site known as the Hill Forts of Rajasthan.

The Dutch Fortress of Bourtange

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Fort Bourtange in The Netherlands.

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Here's a bird's eye view of an important fortress in the northern Netherlands, near the German border, compliments of  contributor and pilot Wout.  Bourtange Fortress is near the city of Groningen, the largest city in the northern Dutch province of the same name. It was completed in the late 16th century, during the course of the long fight for Dutch independence from Spain called the Eighty Years War.  The star-shaped fort was situated here to cover a road between Groningen and northwestern Germany.   

The French Fortress of Briançon

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Fortress in the French Alps

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The fortress town of Briançon in the French Alps bears a number of distinctions.  First of all, it is the highest town in France with at least 2,000 inhabitants.  Second, its strategic position relative to a key mountain pass made it one of the most heavily fortified cities in Europe after the current structures were built in the 17th century to protect against invasion from the (then) Holy Roman Empire.  Famously, the town withstood a long siege in 1815, near the end of the Napoleonic Wars.  

Croatia's Kils Fortress

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Croatia Fortresses

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As seen here in this drone video by paparazzo, Croatia's Klis Fortress is one of the most famous in Europe.  It sits astride a mountain pass through the Dinaric Alps, just east of the city of Split.  The structure began to take its present form in the 9th century AD when it became the seat of the Kings of Croatia.  Its period of greatest prominence came in the early 16th century when the fortress withstood a fearsome decades-long siege by the Ottomans and became seen as the frontier between Christianity and Islam.  

Georgia's Rabat Fortress

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Rabat Fortress

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Check out this stunning drone video of a well-known castle-fortress in the Caucasus republic of Georgia, compliments of contributor Maikl_rus.  Rabati Castle is located in the town of Akhaltsikhe in Samtskhe–Javakheti, one of the country's main southern regions.  The original fortress here dates to the 9th century AD, and in 1393 it withstood an attack from the much-feared warrior Tamerlane.  The fortress was basically completely rebuilt by the Ottomans in the 17th-18th centuries.  

Dutch Fortress Pettelaarse Schans

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Pettelaarse Schans 's-Hertogenbosch | The Netherlands Drone Video - Europe in 4K

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Contributor NTG Drones created this beautiful drone's eye view of a fortress in the northern part of the Netherlands.   Pettelaarse Schans is a star-shaped fort (sometimes called a bastion fort) which is situated just south of 's-Hertogenbosch, one of the main cities of the Noord-Brabant region of the country.  Constructed in 1623, the fort was successfully besieged by Dutch forces in 1629, during the latter part of the 80 Years' War in which the Dutch won their independence from Imperial Spain.  

Tantallon: Scottish Fortification

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Tantallon Castle & The Bass Rock

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Albacross Imaging created this amazing drone video of two of the more well known sights in East Lothian county of southeastern Scotland.  Tantallon Castle is a 14th century fortress in a semi-ruined state.  It overlooks the Firth of Forth, the great river estuary on which Edinburgh sits.  You'll also see the Bass Rock, which sits just off the coast from the castle.  The rock is home to a castle which became a notorious prison after the English Civil War and is referred to as the Alcatraz of Scotland.

Castle of Jadraque: Fortress of El Cid

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Del Cid: Castle of Jadrague

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Contributor PJFDrone created this spectacular drone video of an important castle-fortress in central Spain.  The Castle of Jadraque is situated in the Guadalajara province in the Castilla-La Mancha region.  Built atop an old Roman fortification, the Moorish stronghold was taken by Christian forces in the 11th century.   The castle was famously mentioned in the Song of El Cid, the epic poem of unknown authorship which chronicles the great, bloody struggle against Moorish control known as the Reconquesta.

Malta's Fort Angelo

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Fort Angelo Vittoriosa Malta

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Lestilestudios created this drone video of Fort St. Angelo on the Mediterranean island of Malta.  It is situated in the middle of the Grand Harbor, in the city of Birgu (Città Vittoriosa).  Built by the Knights of St. John, the fortress was the focal point of the Great Siege of Malta in 1565.  Here, the fort's defenders held off an amphibious invasion by the Ottoman Empire, marking the end of the Ottoman bid for control of the Mediterranean.  It also was a filming location for the Red Keep seen in Season 1 of Game of Thrones.  

Kastellet Fortress, Denmark

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Copenhagen - Travel video 4k - DJI Mavic Pro

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Contributor Hittheroadlat used his drone to create a stunning video of the Kastellet fortress in Copenhagen, Denmark's largest and capital city.  The fortification was initially completed in 1626 and later further strengthened during the course of the country's long periods of conflict with its neighbor Sweden.  It's considered one of the better preserved examples of the star-shaped or bastion fortress, an early-modern design which evolved as a defensive response to improved artillery technology.

Pakistan's Ranikot Fort

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Ranikot Fort, Sindh

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Contributor Shazar created this amazing drone video of one of the world's largest fortresses.  Ranikot Fort is located in the state of Sindh in southern Pakistan.  The location is was known to be fortified as early as the Antiquity.  The current fortress structure dates to the 16th century.  Ranikot's walls run a total of 32 km (about 20 mi), making it the largest fortress in the world measured by interior space.  Built by the Talpur tribe, the fortress came under control of the British Empire in the 18th century.

Scotland's Dunnottar Fortress

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A Brief History of Dunnottar Castle, Scotland.

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Brand-new contributor PeeJay brings us this marvelous drone video of Dunnottar Castle, a famous fortification in northeastern Scotland.  Located on a tiny peninsula in Aberdeenshire, the structure dates to the 15th-16th centuries.  Long believed to be virtually impregnable, the Scottish Crown Jewels were moved here for safekeeping during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century; it later played an important role in the 18th century Jacobite Uprising.  More recently, Dunnottar was used as a filming location for the 1996 movie Hamlet.  

Dinas Bran Fortress, Wales

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Castell Dinas Bran

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Dinas Brân is one of the most famous fortifications in the northern part of Wales, United Kingdom.  It sits over the town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, believed to be the longest-settled part of the region.  Built on the site of an Iron Age hilltop fort, the current structure dates to the 13th century.  The castle was essentially abandoned and left in a semi-ruined state following the conquest of Wales by England later that century.   The castle features prominently in numerous stories of Welsh mythology.  

Romania's Rupea Citadel

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Explore Romania - Rupea Citadel in 4K | DJI Mavic Pro (Episode 2)

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Content creator and pilot Alin Constantin used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this stunning aerial video of the Rupea Citadel, a very well-known Romanian fort and the site of some of the oldest archaeological remains in Europe.  It's in the southeastern corner of Transylvania, near a pass in the Carpathian Mountains that define the eastern and southern boundaries of the Transylvanian Plateau.  While the fortress dates to Roman times, artifacts excavated at the site date to as long ago as 5500 BC.  

Khertvisi: Georgian Fortress

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Fortress

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Contributor and drone pilot Maikl_rus created this beautiful drone video of one of the most well-known fortresses in the Caucasus republic of Georgia.  Khertvisi is situated in the Meskheti region in the south-central part of the country, along a traditional invasion route from the south.  The site was home to a structure which was allegedly destroyed by Alexander the Great in the 4th century BC.  The current structure was built in the 14th century and served a military purpose until well into the 19th century.  

Fortress of São Vicente, Portugal

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Portugal - Forte S.Vicente

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Portugal's Fort of São Vicente was constructed in the early 1800's on the orders of England's Duke of Wellington, who commanded the allied armies combating Napoleon Bonaparte's forces during the Peninsular War.  The fortification was designed to protect the nearby Portuguese capital city of Lisbon from the threat posed by French forces.  Seen from above in this drone video by contributor SJetMan, the Y-shaped São Vicente was considered one of the strongest positions in Europe.  

England's Dunstanburgh: Northumbrian Fortress

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Dunstanburgh Castle

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Contributor newcastlemale created this beautiful drone video of a famous fortification in northern England called Dunstanburgh Castle.  It's located in a strategic spot on the coast of Northumberland, the northernmost of the English counties.  Dunstanburgh was constructed by a powerful nobleman in the 14th century but soon fell under Crown control.  The fortress played an important role in the 15th-century dynastic struggle known as the War of the Roses, coming under siege on multiple occasions.   

Manjarabad: Fortress of Southern India

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Ettina Bhuja & Manjarabad Fort in 4K | Chikmagalur | India

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Here's a bird's eye view of one of the most famous forts of southern India, compliments of contributor and drone pilot manofmysore.  The Manjarabad Fort was built in the late 18th century for the ruler of Mysore, a kingdom which covered much of South India prior to its absorption into the British Raj.  Manjarabad is what's known as a star fort, a configuration which was imported from Europe by its French designers.  The fortress sits in the hills of the mountainous Chikmagalur District of the state of Karnataka.  

Castro de Santa Trega: Galicia, Spain

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Mavic Pro Castros del Monte Santa Tecla en 4k A Guarda

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Castro de Santa Trega is a famous fortress in northwestern Spain.  It's situated in the town of A Guarda in Pontevedra, the southwesternmost of the four provinces of the Galicia region.  The original site dates to Roman times, and occupies a strategic position on the mountain bearing the same name.  It was occupied for roughly two hundred years, between 100 BC and 100 AD.  Contributor Diego_Al_Al used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this aerial video of the fort, one of Galicia's most popular tourist spots.  

Calshot: Defending Southampton Water

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Calshot Castle.. with a twist of fate

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Check out this drone video of an important fortress on the coast of Southwestern England, compliments of contributor Mikee1554.  Calshot Castle is located on a sandbank at the opening of Southampton Water, an estuary just north of the Isle of Wight in Hampshire.  It's part of a system of fortifications built by King Henry VII during the 16th century to protect the English coasts from a possible French invasion.  Calshot was modernized several times and continued to be used into the 20th century.

Tilbury: Defending the Thames Estuary

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Tilbury Fort UK.

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With London lying just a short distance from the mouth of the Thames River, protecting England's capital city from seaborne invasion has been a major strategic imperative for centuries.  In this drone video by contributor and pilot obsizusz, you'll get a bird's eye view of one of the most important historical fortifications on the Thames Estuary: Tilbury Fort.  Originally constructed during the reign of Henry VII and was subsequently enlarged based on prevailing threats, it appeared as a Turkish fort in the 2017 blockbuster "Wonder Woman". 

Bulgaria's Mesek Fortress

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Mezek Fortress

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Top contrinbutor Mattcoq created this beautiful drone video of a well known medieval Bulgarian fortress.  It's called Mezek Castle, and it's located in the municipality of Svilengrad in the Haskovo Province in the south-central part of the country.  The castle, which dates to the 11th century AD, covers a large area of 6.5k square meters and has nine towers.  This stone-constructed landmark is considered to be amongst the best-preserved medieval fortresses in this mountainous Southeast European country.

Deal and Wilmer: Defending the Downs

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Deal Castle and Walmer Castle UK

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The Downs is an area of coastline in Southeastern England which offers some protection to shipping - it's not quite a harbor but it has functioned like one at times.  For this reason, for centuries this area just north of Dover was deemed of significant strategic importance.  This manifested itself most clearly in the two fortresses you will see in this drone video by oszibusz - Deal and Walmer Castles.  Both date to the reign of Henry VIII in the 16th century and were maintained as artillery forts through the 19th century.  

Madrid's Manzanares el Real

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Dji Mavic Pro Platinium 4K Presa de Santillana

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Contributor and pilot Mikel_julio used a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum to create this memorable aerial video of one of the best preserved fortresses in Spain.  The New Castle of Manzanares el Real is a 15th century fortified palace which is near the town of the same name in the Madrid Community in the center of the country.  Famously, the fortress was used as a shooting location for the 1961 film El Cid starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren.  Also known as the Castle of los Mendoza, the complex now also houses a museum.

Fortaleza Ozama, Dominican Republic

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Fortaleza Ozama

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The Dominican Republic's Fortaleza Ozama was one of the first fortresses built by the Spanish conquistadoras.  It was constructed in 1502 (just a decade after the first Columbus Voyage) to protect the city of Santo Domingo on the south shore of the island, which was the first permanently settled colonial outpost in the New World.  Contributor Moises_Arias used a drone to create this spectacular bird's eye view of the fortress overlooking the Caribbean, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

Carrigafoyle Castle, Ireland

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Carrigafoyle Castle, Ireland

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Contributor JB-Ireland created this drone video of a historically important fortress in southern Ireland.  Carrigafoyle Castle is located near the town of Ballylongford in County Kerry.  In 1580, the fortress was a key position held by the Irish during the Second Desmond Rebellion, which sought to overthrow the English rule of the island. On Easter of that year, English forces successfully besieged the fortress and killing all of its defenders, crushing the rebellion which had been led by Gerald FitzGerald, 15th Earl of Desmond.

Zaraysk Kremlin: Defending Moscow's Approaches

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Zaraysk

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Contributor Maikl_rus created this drone video of an important historical site in Central Russia.  It's called the Zaraysk Kremlin, and it's a 16th century citadel (essentially a small fortress-city) near the town of the same name.  It's situated in the Moscow Oblast (province) but is some distance (aroound 160 km or 100 mi.) southeast of Russia's capital city.  The fortress played an important role in defending the heart of Russia from attacks by Crimeans Tartars, which occurred through the late 17th century.

Ireland's Dún Aonghasa Hill Fort

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Mór, Aran islands, Ireland

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Check out this fantastic drone video of the pre-historic Irish fortress known as Dún Aonghasa, compliments of AirVuz contributor Difshot.  It's located atop a cliff on Inishmore (Inis Mór), an island off of Ireland's western coast.  It's believed that parts of the fortress date to about 1100 BC, during the Bronze Age of Ireland, although portions of it may date to the somewhat later Iron Age.  The fortress structure consists of four concentric walls made of dry stone, the outermost of which covers an area of 14 acres (six hectares).  

Valdštejn: 13th Century Czech Fortification

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Valdštejn Castle

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Check out this beautiful drone video of a medieval fortress in the Czech Republic, compliments of contributor MIAPVIDEOS.  It's called Valdštejn Castle, and it's a 13th century Gothic style ruined structure near the town of Turnov.  It's in the Liberec Region, which is the northernmost of the 14 Czech first-level administrative units.  The landmark is part of the Bohemian Paradise protected area northeast of Prague, which is also home to the somewhat better-known Trosky Castle.

Franc's Fort l'Écluse

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Fort l'Écluse - DJI Mavic Pro 4k

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France's Fort l'Écluse is situated in the foothills of the Jura Mountains in the Ain Department, astride a natural route between France and Switzerland which was known since the time of Julius Caesar.  The current fortress dates to the 12th century and expanded in the 17th century; it was heavily damaged by Austrian in the waning days of the Napoleonic wars.  Seen here in this drone video by Najibk, the fort was one of the last French positions to surrender after the Fall of France in June, 1940.  

Canada's Fort Beauséjour

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Fort in the middle of nowhere! drone footage

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Content creator and pilot JuliusComeau created this drone video of Fort Beauséjour, a fortress on the isthmus which connects the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.  It's a five sided star fort, built by the French, and eventually ceded to the British who renamed in Fort Cumberland.  It's situated on the Isthmus of Chignecto, which was an important strategic position during the struggles between Britain and France over the Canadian territories in the 18th century.

Fort Gorazda, Montenegro

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Fort Gorazda, Tvrđava Goražda

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Check out this amazing drone video of a modern-era fortress in Montenegro, compliments of contributor FoxCreative.  Fort Gorazda is situated near the town of Kotor, the principal city of Kotor Bay.  The fortress was built in the late 19th century by Austria-Hungary as a means to protect their naval base in the Bay of Kotor.  The fort saw some action during World War I as Austria-Hungary battled Allied-aligned forces, and was used by the Yugoslav Army until the country dissolved in the early 1990's.  

Italy's Fort Bard

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Bard Fort from Avengers Age of Ultron

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Some of Europe's most powerful fortresses were built in the passes of the Alps Mountains near the modern-day French/Italian border.  One of these fortifications is Fort Bard, which is built on a rocky promontory in the Aosta Valley of northwestern Italy.  Seen in this excellent drone video by Enrico Pescantini, the fortress was built in the mid-19th century by the rulers of the Kingdom of Savoy (which led the unification of Italy).  The fort was used as a filming location for the 2015 blockbuster movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.  

Fortresses of Jaipur, India

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Jaigarh, Nahargah and Amber Fort - Jaipur Drone Footage (DJI Mavic Pro)

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Jaipur is the capital of India's northwestern state of Rajasthan.  Together with Delhi and Agra, it's part of the Golden Triangle, a popular tourist circuit.  Jaipur is known first and foremost for a chain of fortresses which surround the city, which was founded in 1727.  In this excellent drone video by Man Meets the World, you'll get an aerial tour of three of the most famous of these fortresses: Jaigarh, Nahargah, and Amer.  Amer is the most well-known of the three; it's one of the six Hill Forts of Rajasthan UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Bulgaria's Matochina Fortress: Protecting Adrianople

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Matochina Fortress | Bulgaria

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Check out this drone video of a well-known fortress in Bulgaria, compliments of contributor Mattcoq.  It's called Matochina Fortress, and it's located in a town of the same name in the Haskovo Province, in the southeastern part of the island.  It is believed to have been originally built during the Antiquity, although most of the current structure dates to the 12th-14th centuries.  The fortress was part of the defensive system around Adrianople (now Edirne), the third-most important city of the Ottoman Empire. 

England's Upnor Castle

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Upnor Castle 2020 Cinematic Footage United Kingdom

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For his 100th upload to AirVuz, top contributor oszibusz brings us this beautiful aerial view of a famous 16th century fortress in southern England.  Upnor Castle is located near the mouth of the River Medway in County Kent.  It was constructed early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I to defend the Royal Navy shipyard at Chatham (just upstream) from a possible attack by Spain.   Following the Raid on the Medway in 1667 during the Second Anglo Dutch War, the Upnor fortress was essentially abandoned in favor of newer downstream defenses.

Spain's Calatrava and Salvatierra Fortress

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Calatrava la Nueva and Salvatierre Fortresses

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Contributor Eutx9795 used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this epic aerial video of two important fortresses in Central Spain.  Calatrava la Nueva is a medieval fortification built atop the Alacranejo mountain in the municipality of Aldea del Rey.   It was associated with the Order of Calatrava, the first in what is now Spain to receive Papal approval.  Salvatierra Castle lies just to the east of Calatrava la Nueva.  Both castles are situated northwest of the Ciudad Real, the capital of the province of the same name.

Bulgaria's Anevsko Fortress

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Anevsko Fortress in the Bulgarian Mountains

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Here is an excellent drone video of a well known Bulgarian mountain fortress, compliments of contributor Danovski Air. Anevo Fortress is situated in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains in Plovdiv Province, in the middle of the country.  It was built in the early 12th century, in an area that has been inhabited since the Antiquity.  At one time, it had eight defensive towers.  For a time in the Middle Ages, the fortress was strong enough to be the center of a small mini-state that ruled over the region.     

Germany's Königstein Fortress

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Königstein Fortress by DJI Mavic Pro Drone

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You may have heard of Königstein Fortress but you've probably never seen it from the perspective provided in this drone video by contributor and pilot SKYDRONAUTS.  One of the largest fortresses in Europe, it sits atop a hill overlooking the Elbe River near Dresden, in Saxony.  Situated in an important river location near the border with historical Czech lands, the fortress dates to the 13th century and has been enlarged many times.  It's one of the largest tourist attractions in the former East Germany.  

England's Coalhouse Fort

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Coalhouse Fort Uk.

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Even when England's Royal Navy was at the height of its relative power in the 19th century, the country was vulnerable to seaborne invasion in several places.  One of these was the Thames Estuary, which presented an unacceptable risk to the capital city of London.  In this drone video by oszibusz, you'll get an aerial view of one of the fortifications erected to protect against this eventuality.  It's called Coalhouse Fort, and it was constructed during the 1860's on the north bank of the river.  

Fort Frederick, USA

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A visit to Fort Frederick, MD | DJI Mavic Pro 2 & Osmo Pocket

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Top contributor Jeff Walrich combined aerial footage from a DJI Mavic Pro 2 with stabilized ground footage to create this beautiful video of historic Fort Frederick, Maryland.  Situated on the Potomac River about a two hour drive northwest of Washington, DC, Fort Frederick was built at the outset of the French and Indian War in the mid-18th century.  It was used as a POW camp during the Revolutionary War, then garrisoned by Union forces in the Civil War to protect key infrastructure in the area.  

Râșnov Fortress, Transylvania

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Râșnov Fortress, Romania

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Râșnov Citadel is a famous fortress in the southeastern part of the Romanian region of Transylvania.  It was built in the 13th century to protect the inhabitants of the namesake city from invaders coming over the Southern Carpathian Mountains through the Bran Pass.  The fortress withstood such invasions from the Tartars and later Ottoman forces, although it fell in 1612 when the invaders were able to cut off the defenders' water supply.  You can get a bird's eye view of the famous fortress in this drone video by Nelstill.  

Pakistan's Rohtas Fort

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Vlog on Rohtas Fort, Pakistan

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Check out this amazing vlog, which features aerial footage from one of the most formidable fortresses on the Indian Subcontinent.  It's called Rohtas Fort, and it's near the city in the province of Punjab (the most populous of Pakistan's four provinces, home to over half the country's population).  It was built in the mid-16th century and was captured shortly thereafter by the Mughul Empire, then captured by Sikh forces in 1825.  The fort could hold a garrison of 30,000 men and was one of the largest in Asia.   

Montenegro's St. John's Fortresses

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St John's Fortress in Kotor Montenegro ( Castle Of San Giovanni ) - Drone shots

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The city of Kotor, Montenegro sits at the southern end of the inner section of the Bay of Kotor, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea.  During the long centuries when the great city-state of Venice dominated the eastern Mediterranean, Kotor became one of the most important fortified strongholds, withstanding sieges by the Ottomans in 1538 and 1657.  In this marvelous drone video by AirVuz contributor The Hobby Traveler, you'll get an aerial tour of San Giovanni (St. John's Fortress), one of the key components of this giant defensive system.

England's Fort Nothe

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Fort Nothe, Weymouth. Amazingly preserved 19th century Military Complex

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In the 1850's, England's Royal Navy constructed a giant artificial harbor between the town of Weymouth and the Isle of Portland in County Dorset.  Shortly thereafter, Fort Nothe was built just north of Portland Harbor to protect it from seaborne invasion,  presumably from France.   The guns of the "D"-shaped fort were never fired in anger, and the facility was closed in the 1950's.   Considered one of the UK's best-preserved 19th century artillery forts, you can see it from above in this drone video by Alta Vista Epic Aerials.

Caernarfon Castle: Fortress in Wales

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Caernarfon Castle, Snowdonia, North Wales

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Caernarfon Castle is one of the most well-known historical landmarks in the United Kingdom.  Seen in this drone video by scdronemedia, the medieval stone fortress is located in its namesake town in County Gwynedd in northwestern Wales.  It was constructed in the late 13th century on the orders of English King Edward I, who was seeking to impose permanent control of Wales by its eastern neighbor.  The fortification played an important role in a number of rebellions against English rule from the late 13th to the early 15th centuries.

Albania's Ali Pasha Castle

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Albania - Ali Pasha Castle of Butrint 4K

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Check out this drone video of a well-known fortification in the Southeast European country of Albania, compliments of contributor World of Albania.  Ali Pasha Castle is located in Butrint, the southernmost of the country's major cities, which lies just across an Adriatic Sea strait from the Greek island of Corfu.  The original structure dates to the 15th or 16th century, when the region was under control of the Venetian Empire.  The current structure dates to the early 19th century and is named after an important Ottoman vassal.  

Greece's Acrocorinth

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Acrocorinth - Ακροκόρινθος

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The Acrocorinth is an important historical site in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece.  It is a fortress situated on a monolith rock overlooking the ruins of the ancient city of Corinth, about 5 km (around 3 mi.) southwest of modern-day Corinth.  Occupied for thousands of years, the fortress was once known as one of the Fetters of Greece by the Macedonians who controlled the region for a time.  Seen here in this drone video by G Traveller, the Acrocorinth played an active defensive role until the 19th century.  

Fortresses Protecting New Orleans

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Civil War Forts in Louisiana

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Prior to the 20th century, the city of New Orleans was considered highly vulnerable to seaborne invasion.  As the area passed from Spanish to French to American to Confederate and back to US control, a series of fortresses were built to protect the great city from attack via the Gulf of Mexico.  In this drone video by AirWorthy Tours, you'll get aerial views of four of these fortresses: Fort Pike, built during the War of 1812; the ruins of the old Spanish Fort; and Forts St. Philip and Jackson, site of a major Civil War siege.  

FPV: France's Fort Boyard

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FPV @ Fort Boyard

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Viewers of the French TV game show Fort Boyard will likely recognize the subject of this fantastic first person view (FPV) video by FPV pilot R-project.   The show, which began in 1990 and is widely syndicated around the world, is set and filmed at this defensive fortification in the strait of Pertuis d'Antioche, between the cities of La Rochelle and Rochefort.  While a fortress was considered here during the reign of Louis XIV in the 17th century, its construction didn't begin until the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801.  

Portugal's Fort of São Julião da Barra

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Fort of São Julião da Barra

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During the 16th century, the then-mighty Kingdom of Portugal constructed a series of fortresses along the banks of the Tagus River estuary to protect its capital city Lisbon from its main vulnerability - seaborne invasion.  The most important of these was the Fort of São Julião da Barra, which is located on a promontory on the northern bank of the river's final outlet.  DroneCascais used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create a spectacular bird's eye view great fort, which was completed in 1568.

Camber Castle: 16th Century English Device Fort

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Crysis at Camber Castle

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The UK's Camber Castle is one of a series of so-alled Device Forts built on the orders of King Henry the VIII in the early 1600's during a time of a heightened risk of invasion from England's then-eternal enemy, France.  The fortification lies on a body of water at the mouth of several rivers in East Sussex.  Seen in this drone video by JokerVision, the fort was re-designed in about 1540 to a concentric configuration.  Within just a few decades, artilllery forts had moved to a star-shaped configuration, leaving Camber obsolete.  

Pumamarka: Inca Citadel in Peru

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Pumamarka - Cusco - Peru

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Check out this drone video of a little known archaeological site in Peru, compliments of contributor CUSCO DRONE.  It's called Pumamarka, and it's located in the Cusco region which covers the south-central part of the country.  The site contains the ruins of a fortress built by the Inca civilization which ruled over much of the Andes region in pre-Columbian times.  Overlooking the confluence of two mountain rivers, the fortress once guarded the entrance to the Sacred Valley. The site is accessible via a walking trail from the town of Pallata. 

Fortresses of Italy's Verona Province

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DJI Mavic Air - Castello di Montorio - Forte Preara - Verona

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Contributor dronextravelxearth used a DJI Mavic Air drone to create this beautiful aerial video of two important fortifications in Italy's Verona province, part of its Veneto region.  The Castello di Montorio castle is a medieval castle located northeast of the city of Verona.  In the 19th century, the castle was armed with heavy artillery and became a defensive fortification for the provincial capital.  Nearby Forte Preara, which was built nearby in the 19th century, served a similar defensive purpose.  

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