See Top Fortresses from the Sky

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Israel , Masada

Nelly_Volkovich

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 BC, Masada was the site of a famous seige by Roman troops following which the Jewish defenders committed mass suicide en masse.  Contributor Nelly Volkovich used a drone to create an amazing aerial video of this hallowed mountaintop, which is a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  

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Walls of History III

eminorcks

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.

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Fenestrelle Fort

maxfrompine

Some of the world's most impressive fortresses are located in the mountain passes of Europe which separated different kingdoms.  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.  

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Srebrenik fortress - Bosnia and Herzegovina (DJI Mavic Pro)

Tamas Varga

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.  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.

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Rocca di Calascio in Abruzzo Italy

Seppiolone

Contributor Seppiolone brings us this epic drone video of the Rocca di Calasco, a fortress in the Appenine Mountains of Central Italy.  The core of the fortress dates to the 10th century.  It is situated in the Province of L'Aquila, which is near the geographic center of Italy in its Abruzzo region.  The fortress sits at an altitude of just under 1.5k meters (a little under 5k ft), making it the highest fortress in the Appenine range which runs through the middle of the "boot" of Italy. 

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Rumeli Fortress - Mehmed The Conqueror

iskenderfilm

Rumeli Fortress sits on the European side of the Straits of Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey.  Rumeli played a critical role in the seige of the city then known as Constantinople by forces under Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, who overwhelmed the city after a 53 day seige 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 in the Middle Ages.

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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

NGreyTravels

Contributor NGreyTravels used a DJI drone to create this remarkable aerial video of one of the world's most famous fortresses.  The Sigiriya ("Lion Rock") is a gigantic rock fortress located near the center of Sri Lanka, the island nation which lies 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.  The "rocktop" town has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.    

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Citadel of Sisteron - France

freeway prod

Top contributor Freeway Prod used a DJI Inspire 2 drone to create this stunning aerial video of the Citadel de Sisteron, a 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.  

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

Sikview

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, one of the original fortifications. 

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Fortaleza Ozama

Moises_Arias

The Dominican Republic's Fortaleza Ozama was one of the first fortresses built by the Spanish conquistadoras.  It was constructed in 1502 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.

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Dunnottar Castle (Stonehaven, Scotland) - DJI Mavic Air Drone Flight

Thecastlehunter

Thecastlehunter created this magnificent drone video of one of the great Scottish fortresses.  Dunnotar Castle is a ruined medieval fortification in Aberdeenshire, dating to the seventh century AD and possibly earlier. Dunnotar has been extremely important throughout Scottish history, notably being the place where the Scottish Crown Jewels were placed for safekeeping during the English Civil War.  More recently, it was used as a filming location for the 1996 movie Hamlet.  

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The Amberd fortress, Armenia

AlexAvsharov

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 Caucasus republic.  The fortification was built in the 7th century AD.  The fortress played a key role in the centuries-long struggles between the Turks, Armenians, and Mongols, although it was abandoned in the 13th century.

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Klis Fortress in Croatia

JustinPoore

Near the town of Split lies the medieval Klis Fortress, which was built in ancient times and later became the seat of many kings of Croatia.  Perched over Split, the view of this fortification is spectacular, as you will see from this amazing drone video by contributor Justin Poore which he made using his DJI Mavic Pro drone.  The fortress was one of many sites in Croatia to chosen as filming locations for HBO's Game of Thrones; it appears as the City of Meereen in Slaver's Bay in Season 4. 

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Fortress

Morgan Prod

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 seige in 1815, near the end of the Napoleonic Wars.  

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Copenhagen - Travel video 4k - DJI Mavic Pro

hittheroadlat

Contributor Hittheroadlat used his drone to create a stunning video of the Kastellet fortress in Copenhagen, Denmark's largest and capital city.  The fortress was initially completed in 1626 and later fortified during the course of the country's long periods of conflict with its neighbor Sweden.  With the aerial perspective provided by the drone, one can discern the star shape of this fortress, one of the best-preserved fortifications with this design.  

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St.Catherine's Fort, Tenby, South Wales

Vivify Multimedia

While it's common to associate fortresses from the medieval period or earlier, they continued to play a role in warfare until well into the 20th century.  Case in point is the fortress which was built on St. Catherine's Island in Wales, near Tenby.  In this video, Vivify Multimedia gives us a bird's eye view of this fortification, which was conceived in the 1850's due to concerns about the ambitions of Napoleon III.  However, the danger had passed prior to its completion in 1886.

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

Joshua Paul Gardner

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. It 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.

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Castle of Jadraque or ¨del Cid¨ ( Castillo de Jadraque o "del Cid" )

PJFDRONE

PJFDrone created this spectacular drone video of one of the most famous fortresses in Spain.  The Castle of Jadraque is situated in the Guadalajara province of north-central Spain, which is part of the Castile-La Mancha autonomous region.  It is is a strategic region of the country, in effect controlling the approaches to the Castile & Leon region.  Sometimes called the Castle of Cid, it played a key role in the expulsion of Spain's Muslim rulers by the Kingdom of Castile.

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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.  The fortress walls run a total of 32 km (about 20 mi), making it the largest fortress in the world measured by interior space.  The fortress came under control of the British Empire in the 18th century.

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Rocca Calascio - MiddleAges Project

zippomaker

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. Damaged by an earthquake in the 15th century, it was never rebuilt.

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Harlech Castle - Snowdonia National Park - Wales by Mavic 4k

AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials

Contributor AVEA - Alta Vistic Epic Aerial created this marvelous drone video of a fortress which UNESCO has called one of  "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe".  Harlech Castle is situated within Snowdonia National Park in northwestern Wales.  Built by King Edward I during his conquest of Wales in the late 13th century, Harlech was the site of a famous seige by the Lancastrians during the War of the Roses during the 15th century.  

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Fort Marlborough Bengkulu - DJI Phantom 3 Standard

arisulistianto

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.

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

Alin Constantin

Contributor Alin Constantin used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this stunning aerial video of the Rupea Citadel, a Romanian fort and the site of some of the oldest archaelogical 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.  

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Dji Mavic Pro Platinium 4K Presa de Santillana

mikel_julio

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.  The fortress, which was used as a shooting location for the 1961 film El Cid starring Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren, now houses a museum.

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Palamidi fortress

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