Monday, January 2, 2012

Nagoya Castle revisited

southeast turret

 ... continued from this post...

Most of the original structures have been lost in the air raids of 1945, but one can get a sense of the complex defensive arrangement of walls, moats, and structures that were placed around the tenshukaku. Above the elegantly curved stone retaining walls, all wood members were fully fireproofed with plaster (including the eaves... apparently it was more important to build the soaring, detailed rooflines and risk conflagration than get rid of them...) The current tenshukaku was built in 1959 and has a concrete frame and foundation, but its exterior is faithful to the original timber structure.
Nagoya Castle tenshukaku (main keep)

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