Castle Rushen

Infobox Historic building



caption=Castle Rushen seen from Castletown's market square.
name=Castle Rushen
location_town=Castletown
location_country=Isle of Man
architect=Several
client=Magnus III of the Isle of Man
engineer=
construction_start_date=ca. 1250
completion_date=16th century
date_demolished=
cost=
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Castle Rushen ( _gv. Cashtal Rushen) is a medieval castle located in Castletown in the south of the Isle of Man. It towers over the Market Square to the south-east and the harbour to the north-east.

The castle was built to protect the entrance to the Silverburn River and was gradually developed between the 13th and 16th century. King Magnus III, the last Norse ruler of Mann and the Isles, founded Castle Rushen sometime around 1250 and the Norse Sudreyan Royal House used it as their residence until the 1266 Scottish take-over. Today, it is run as a museum by Manx National Heritage, depicting the history of the Kings and Lords of Mann.

Castle Rushen also gives its name to the nearby high school, Castle Rushen High School.

ee also

* King of Mann and the Isles
* Rev. Joseph George Cumming - wrote about the castle and the Isle of Man.

External links

*Citation
last=Cumming
first=Joseph George
author-link=Joseph George Cumming
year=1857
date=1857
editor-last=
editor-first=
editor-link=
contribution=
title=The Story of Rushen Castle and Rushen Abbey, in the Isle of Man
volume=
edition=
publisher=Bell & Daldy
publication-date=1857
publication-place=London
pages=
url=http://books.google.com/books?id=D1gQAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover

* [http://www.castletown.org.im/heritage/castle_rushen.html Castle Rushen at castletown.org.im]
* [http://www.gov.im/mnh/heritage/museums/castlerushen/castletour.xml Tour of Castle Rushen]


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