A fortress is a fortified structure to protect people and possessions, such as a castle.


Usually made of stone, fortresses were built for strength and protection first, comfort later. The drawbridge, portcullis, and other such security features were not only common, but necessary.

The main difference between a fortress and a castle is mainly in connotation: "fortress" tends to imply a military establishment, while "castle" (especially in modern times) usually refers to the residence of a ruler and is synonymous with "palace". In the medieval period, however, the words were likely interchangeable.

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