Caernarvon is architecturally one of the most spectacular castles in Wales. Although Edward I ordered the construction of many castles along the coast of Wales this one was built to impress the neighbours. It was intended to show the Welsh that they had been subdued and it was to be used as a seat of power.
The Menai Strait divides North Wales and Anglesey and Caernarvon sits on the southern end of the Menai Strait. Strategically placed this would provide a main operational base and supply post for Harlech and Aberystwyth castles.
Edward II was born at Caernarvon Castle in 1284. It was captured by Welsh forces in an upgrising in 1294 but recaptured just a year later.
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