SUSIE asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

What is the difference between a palace and a castle?

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  • Pablo
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    1 decade ago
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    A castle is a fortified building or series of buildings designed to withstand enemy attacks and sieges.

    A palace is a leisure building, designed to maximize the confort of its inhabitants, and impress the visitors.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    In English a palace is the home of a head of state or other high-ranking public figure. In some countries, such as Italy, the term is also applied to some private mansions. Many palaces are now put to other uses such as parliaments or museums. The word is also sometimes used to describe a lavish public building which does not house a public figure; this use is intended to convey that the building is a "people's palace", where a sort of civic consciousness resides.

    Historians apply the term "palace" anachronistically, to label the complex structures of Minoan Knossos, or the Mycenaean palace societies, or the 4th century incompletely-Hellenized palace system of Philip of Macedon's Vergina— or palaces outside the European world entirely.

    A castle (from the Latin castellum) is a structure that is fortified for defence against an enemy and generally serves as a military headquarters dominating the surrounding countryside. The term is most often applied to a small self-contained fortress, usually of the Middle Ages. The term castle, however, has a history of scholarly debate surrounding its exact meaning. It is usually regarded as being distinct from the general term fortress in that it describes a building which serves as a residence and commands a specific territory.

    Despite this, "castle" sometimes denotes a citadel (such as the castles of Badajoz and Burgos) or small detached forts d'arrêt in modern times and, traditionally, in Britain it has also been used to refer to prehistoric earthworks (e.g. Maiden Castle).

  • 1 decade ago

    The short version is that a palace has a head of state and a castle is a fortress for defensive purposes. Castles can be palaces and visa versa...

  • 1 decade ago

    A Castle is a fortress. A Palace was not designed as a fortress.

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  • 1 decade ago

    A palace is usually a royal or grand residence and a castle is primarily a fortress.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    A castle's main purpose is to be used as a military fortress, a palace is designed as a very opulent residence. They can be used and designed for both, especially if they are modified, but this does not change their primary purpose.

  • 1 decade ago

    A castle is fortified and serves to protect and defend.

    A palace is open and easy to access.

    Both serve as houses for rulers and their staff.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    palace----official residence of sovereign, archbishop or bishop; stately mansion or building. castle----building designed to serve both residence and fortress

    Source(s): dictionary
  • 1 decade ago

    a palace is whr a king stays,a castle is whr a king may stay but it's not a must..also,a palace is not wht's it;s known as in many c'tries.some call it d royal crt.

  • 1 decade ago

    A Palace is for a princess and a Castle is for a king

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