Monday, April 17, 2017

ISLE OF MAN ~ Castletown ~

... Pretty view of Castle Rushes from the harbour... Castle Rushen gives Castletown its name (Manx - Ballacashtel)... situated at the centre of Mann's historic capital... a well-preserved medieval fortress and one of the finest in the British Isles... originally built for a Viking king...  it was once the main place of government for the Island and also a prison... Thanks a lot James!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

Castletown is a town lying at the south of the island, it was the Manx capital until 1869. Tracing its origins back to 1090, Castletown holds true as one of the oldest towns in the British Isles. Its narrow streets and small fishing cottages prove this ancient past at every corner.

Fishing boats continue to fill the harbour, though Castletown saw the end of major commercial traffic to its port in the 1970's. The on going expansion of financial and industrial businesses in the area keep Castletown on the map as an important island town.

The Isle of Man is a self-governing Crown dependency in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland. The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, who holds the title of Lord of Mann.


National Heritage
(Issued 03-08-2004)

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