Castle town


Castle town
Map of Caernarfon in 1610 by John Speed, a classic example of a castle town

A castle town is a settlement built adjacent to or surrounding a castle. Castle towns are common in Medieval Europe. Good example include small towns like Alnwick and Arundel, which are still dominated by their castles. In Western Europe, and England particularly, it is common for cities and towns that were not castle towns to instead have been organised around cathedrals.

Towns organized around Japanese castles are called jōkamachi (城下町?).

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