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Harlech Castle, located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales, is a concentric castle, constructed atop a cliff close to the Irish Sea. Built by King Edward I (1239-1307), during his conquest of Wales, it was part of an “iron ring” of castles. The natural strength of the castle rock and cliff face meant that only the east face was open to possible attack, and this side is faced by the imposing gatehouse. The castle’s other remarkable feature is the defended “Way from the sea,” a fortified stairway hugs the rock and runs almost 200 feet (61 m) down to the foot of the cliffs, where the sea reached. Today, the sea has retreated about 1.2 km…

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