Photographer's Note

I have long thought I should visit the castle in Newcastle upon Tyne and I finally managed to do it last year. It was a lovely weather day although very windy. To be honest the castle is not very big nor impressive but it has a fantastic prominent location over river of Tyne so I was curious what sort of views it may offer. And I was not disappointed with what I have seen.
I have showed you a picture taken from a similar spot and to the same direction but from ground level here:

In both photos you can see the Black Gate and the tower of the Newcastle Cathedral. Below you can read more about those structures in short fragments I copied from Wikipedia. This is a view towards the centre of the city so if you knew Newcastle and you knew what to look for you could spot there the Monument which is a column with the Earl Grey on it with a large dome next to it. Check here what I mean if you are curious:

Similarly, you could find in the crowd of buildings a characteristic tower of St Thomas Church:

The castle keep itself from which I took this photo, you can see in the following two photos:

Black Gate was added to Newcastle Castle between 1247 and 1250, forming an additional barbican in front of the earlier north gate of the castle. It consisted of two towers with a passage running between them. On either side of the passage was a vaulted guardroom. There was a drawbridge at the front (facing west) and another at the rear. There was also a portcullis which could be raised and lowered to seal the entrance passage.

St Nicholas's Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was originally a parish church, built in 1091, but this was destroyed in a fire in 1216. It was rebuilt in 1359 and became a cathedral in 1882 when the Diocese of Newcastle was created by Queen Victoria. The cathedral is notable for its unusual lantern spire, which was constructed in 1448. For hundreds of years, it was a main navigation point for ships using the River Tyne.

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Additional Photos by Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7495 W: 106 N: 19628] (75137)
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