Gravensteen Castle  Located in Ghent, Belgium, the present castle was built in 1180 by count Philip of Alsace and was modelled after the crusaders castles the count encountered while he participated in the second crusade. Before its construction, there stood a wooden castle on the same location, presumably built in the ninth century.

Gravensteen Castle Located in Ghent, Belgium, the present castle was built in 1180 by count Philip of Alsace and was modelled after the crusaders castles the count encountered while he participated in the second crusade

Vase | Origin: North Afghanistan, probably Balkh | Period: 12th century |  Ceramic; Vessel, Fritware, unglazed, Height: 6 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)

Vessel, North Afghanistan (probably Balkh), century. Unglazed ceramic fritware (aka stone-paste, is pottery in which frit is added to clay to reduce its fusion temp., so it can be fired at a lower temp.

Chess Piece in the Form of a Bishop with Two Attendants  Date: 1150–1200 Geography: Made in, probably Trondheim, Norway Culture: Scandinavian

Chess Piece in the Form of a Bishop with Two Attendants Date: Geography: Made in probably Trondheim, Norway Culture: Scandinavian Medium: Walrus ivory Dimensions: Overall: 3 x 2 x 1 in. x x cm) Accession Number: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Almourol Castle  The Almourol Castle is situated in a small rocky island, in the middle of the Tagus river, in Portugal. The castle was a Knights Templar stronghold used during the Reconquista.  It is believed it was a primitive lusitanian redoubt and was populated from Roman times until the late Middle Ages. It is certain that in 1129, when Portuguese troops conquered the land, the castle already existed and was called Almorolan.

The Castle of Almourol is medieval castle, located on a small islet in the middle of the Tagus River, in the civil parish of Praia do Ribatejo, 4 kilometres mi) from the municipal seat of Vila Nova da Barquinha, in the Portuguese Centre Region.

Medallion with Christ from an Icon Frame, ca. 1100....Byzantine; From the Djumati Monastery, Georgia (now Republic of Georgia); Made in Constantinople  Cloisonné enamel, gold

Medallion with Christ from an Icon Frame

Medallion with Christ from an Icon Frame - Byzantine, Constantinople - From the Djumati Monastery, Republic of Georgia - Cloisonné enamel & gold - c.

Burg Eltz  Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations (about to be 34) ago. The Rübenach and Rodendorf families’ homes in the castle are open to the public, while the Kempenich branch of the family uses the other third of the castle.

Burg Eltz Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the same family that lived there in the century, 33 generations (about to be ago.

Costume for a 12th Century Lady  By Timothy J. Mitchell  One of the most beautiful of the exhibits in the Medieval Treasury of the London's Victoria and Albert Museum is a carved whalebone panel depicting the Virgin Mary. Entitled 'The Adoration of the Magi' the panel comes from northwest Spain of the first half of the 12th century (see Figure 1). The lady is not shown in costume of the biblical period, but rather as wearing the garb of a 11th-12th century noblewoman.

ARTICLE: SCA Garb : Costume for a Century Lady. Analysis of the dress in this carving.

Château d’Aigle  Built in the 12th century by the Savoy Family, this picturesque castle stands in a vineyard in the Swiss city of Aigle, near Montreux. With real working fireplaces in the winter and one of the most gorgeous settings in Western Switzerland, Aigle has all the amenities necessary to create your own “happily ever after.” Check out their website for booking events and renting out the castle facilities.

Château d’Aigle, Switzerland. Built in the century by the Savoy Family, this picturesque castle stands in a vineyard in the Swiss city of Aigle, near Montreux.

12th Century, Khmer Pottery Brown Glazed Vase (item #646235, detailed views)

12th Century, Khmer Pottery Brown Glazed Vase (item #646235, detailed views)

Earthenware bowl made in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine in the 12th or 13th century.

Earthenware bowl made in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine in the or century.

Theodore Limniotis  Wall-painting of the wealthy scholar and nobleman Theodore Limniotis, circa 1180, Kastoria,church of Agioi Anargyroi.

Wall-painting of the wealthy scholar and nobleman Theodore Limniotis, circa Kastoria,church of Agioi Anargyroi.

Angel  Date: ca. 1130 Geography: Made in, Burgundy, France Culture: French Medium: Limestone

Seemingly afloat in midair, with its windblown drapery, this angel once graced the voussoir, or wedge-shaped stone, set in an arch of the portal on the north transept of the cathedral dedicated to Saint Lazarus in Autun

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