When the Normans arrived in the 11th century, they built there a motte about 40 feet (12m) high and topped it with a wooden building. Later, a 12-sided keep was erected, and a gatehouse and stairs were added in the 15th century. Robert, the eldest son of William the Conqueror was held prisoner here for many years by Henry I, his youngest brother and died in Cardiff Castle in 1134. A magnificent Victorian addition is the work of William Burges, an architect working for the rich Marquess of Bute. Burges built next to the Castle a great palace in the style of a medieval castle. It has an impressive clock tower and the rooms have marvellous colourful decorations at the ceilings. The two buildings circled by walls and the compound in between form what is known today as Cardiff Castle ; it is certainly worth a visit !


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