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Castrum Caesarea Galliae (Final Version)

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misterich avatar misterich
Level 48 : Master Architect
This is my project that was built for TomConn's unoffical Castle Builder Contest. The castle is built on the RP-World where it's the capital of the NRR's provinca Gallia Septentriones.

Structural features:
This Lowland Castle is sourrounded by small hills with a wooden palisade, which makes the west the only natural entrance. On west side there is the main gate (redstone controlled - not just optical). This gate is the only way inside the castle that is protected by a 9 block thick double wall. The double wall has two high levels - 9 blocks and 14 blocks - and is filled with gravel, so that a hole can be closed by gravity. The west side the is most dangerous side so there are also two ballista-towers and two mortar bastions around the gate. The wall has also a watch tower at south and east side, aswell a signaltower on north-east.
Behind the gate we find a wide strip, which is the first castle height. Here is a also a stable, a siege workshop and a granery. The street goes northern to the gatetower (also a redstone controlles double gate), which we need to pass to get on the second level.
On the second heights we find various craftsmen's houses, for military training, but also for civilian use. In the east we find the keep. Arround the keep are stairs to the wall. The keep can be entered by (iron) doors from the wall, by the small stable gate or by the main keep gate near the fountain. On it's weakest point the keep's wall is 6 blocks thick.
Inside the keep we will not find many light from outside. There are only a few arrow slits or windows, that are closed with iron bars.

List of wall elements:
-3x Turris cum Ballistae - Ballist Tower [A1]
-2x Turris Observationis - Watch Tower [A2]
-Turris Signi - Signal Tower [A3]
-Turris cum Portae - Tower with Gate [A4]
-Porta - Gate [A5]
-5x Propugnaculum Mortarium - Mortar Bastions (real working 360° TNT cannons) [A6]

List of Houses and othere places in or outside the castle:
-Fabrica Belli - Siege Workshop [B1]
-Stabulum - Stable [B2]
-Granarium - Granery [B3]
-2x Hospitium Legionis - Military Quarters [B4]
-Valetudinarium - Hospital [B5]
-Taberna - Inn [B6]
-Templum (Martialis) - Temple (of Mars) [B7]
-Pantopolium - Storehouse [B8]
-Ferrarius - Blacksmith [B9]
-Sacellum - Chapel [B10]
-Domus Mensoris - Cartographer's House [B11]
-Sclopetatorium - Archery Range [B12]
-Fabrica Arci - Fletcher's House [B13]
-Area Exercitatonis - Parade Ground [B14]
-Domus Mercatoris - Trader's House [B15]
-Arx - Keep [B16]

List of notable outside the castrum:
-Area Crucis - Crucifixion Place [C1]
-Area Iuxtii* - Joust Place [C2]
-Vigiliarium - Here: Outpost/Small Tower [C4]
-Portus - Gate [C5]

List of notable houses/areals of the village:
-Sepulcretum - Graveyard [D1]
-Sepultura Ecclesia + Crematorium - Cemetery Church with Crematorium [D2]
-Plantarium Malum - Apple Plantation [D3]
-Molae - Mill [D4]
-Officinia Lactaria - Dairy [D5]
-Confectorarius - Butcher [D6]
-Prelum Typographicum - Printery [D7]
-Mercator - Trader [D8]
-Fabrica Cervisiae - Brewery [D9]
-Latrina Publica - Public Toilets [D10]
-Forum - Marketplace [D11]
-Computus - Trade Workshop [D12]
-Theatrum - Theater [D13]
-Thermae - Thermae (Public Roman thermal bath) [D14]
-Vinarius - Wine Trader [D15]
-Officinia Ferraria Instrumentrum - Blacksmith for Tools [D16]

List of Rooms inside the keep:
-Locus solii - Throne Hall
-Cenatio - Dinning Hall
-Culina - Kitchen
-3x Latrina - Toilet Rooms
-Carcer - Dungeon
-Vinarius Cella - Wine Cellar
-Cisterna - Cistern
-Stabulum - Stable
-Casteria - Barracks
-Bibliotheca - Library
-7x Officium - Office
- Consillium - Here: Officers' Mess
-Tabularium - Archive
-Armamentarium - Arsenal
-Ferrabius - Blacksmith
-Explosives Fabrica - Explosives Factory
-Aerarium - Treasury
-Ergasterium Alchymiae - Alchemy Laboratory
-3x Copia Armis - Munitions (or Weapons) Store
-Praefectura Legionis V - Legio V's Administration
-Administratio - Castle Administration

*Iuxtium is not a real Latin word. I created it because there is no Word for Joust or Jousting in Latin. The Englished word comes from the Latin word 'iuxtare' "to approach, to meet" - so I created Iuxtium.

Technical specifications:
Height: 55 blocks
Depth: ~35 blocks
Width: ~155 blocks
Length: ~327 blocks
Architectural styles: European Medieval mixed Roman Ancient
Function: Fortress
Game version: 1.15.1
Storage format: Going to be a world upload (as .zip)
Mods: Of course not
Texture Pack: None (but I built it in the programmer Art - also the classical default because I don't like the newer Sand-/Cobblestone)

History (All Fictonal but inspired by real history)

Caesarea Galliae is the oldest town of the name Caesarea and is therefore rarely called Caesarea Prima - first Caesarea. Originally, Caesarea was exclusively a temporary camp of Gaius Julius Caesar, but the actual temporary camp was not dissolved by the ongoing Gallic War, but was steadily fortified. Shortly before the end of the Gallic war, Caesar finally received the legitimacy from the Senate to convert the area into a permanent border fort (castellum). After his victory, Caesar had the place named after him as a sign of his triumph. In the following years, Caesar used his proconsulate of Gaul, his consulate and his position as a legate to create his own private fortress for the coming civil war. The Julian embossing, which is particularly reflected in the red color typical of the family, is omnipresent to this day.

Over time, many Romans - especially Caesar's veterans, who were loyal to him - settled with the captured Gallic slaves around Caesarea and founded the settlement of the same name in front of the Castellum.

During the Civil War, Caesarea was originally planned as the main fortress of the Julian people, but after the capital Roma itself was occupied by Caesar's troops within a few weeks and the actual war was confined to the outer colonies, especially the sea colonies, the headquarters finally became directly in the Capitol Rome relocated and Caesarea no longer played a role in the war.

In the subsequent imperial period, all of the Gallic fortifications were again massively expanded, as various attacks from inside and outside were expected, but these never really occurred. Caesarea was upgraded to a castrum during this time and was the fourth fortification that was allowed to carry this proud title. When the rest of Gaul was finally conquered within a few years, most of the castles were abandoned because the country was under control. Caesarea was lucky to escape this fate due to its larger settlement and its own size, but its development also stagnated; other colonies such as Tiberia gained in importance.

After the Hadrian Empire reform, Gaul was finally divided into several Ducati (duchies). The Dux (duke) of Gallia Septentriones (Northern Gaul) finally chose Caesarea as his seat and had the arx (keep) of the Castrum converted into its current form.

Under Emperor Aurelian, the Gallo-Romans rose against him and tried to separate. The Catons belong to the driving families in the inner resistance against the Gallo-Romans and as a reward Aurelian loosened the ban over the family that had been hovering over them since their resistance against Caesar, and appointed Marcus Porcius Cato Priscus ("M. P. Cato the Elder") to the new Dux in Caesarea. Under his rule, the settlement flourished, which is particularly evident in the newly built apple orchards, the theater and the thermal baths.

When, under the tyranny of Nero, the families of the Brutii, Scipiones, Pompeii and Antonii allied and quickly conquered the capital and executed the emperor and his children, Caligula - brother of Nero and new emperor - sent the Gallic legions to the Latinum to recapture the capital and execute the traitors, although he misjudged the strength of the rebels due to lack of information or stupidity and thus gave the outnumbered Gaulish legions an unsolvable task. The Magister Militum of all of Gaul feared for his life, however, and delegated the supreme command to Cato. This should also help entertain the Caton’s potential competitors. However, when Marcus Porcius Cato Minor ("Cato the Younger") finally reached the capital, he changed sides with his troops.

After this change of sides, the Gallic legions finally marched back to Gaul along with other rebellious legions, conquering large areas without a fight, including Caesarea. Caesarea thus got back its old function as a border fortress. Over the next few years troops pushed back and forth from both sides; but the imperial troops were unable to conquer the castrum or advance into the Roman heartland.
When the rebellious and loyal troops finally stucked in Gaul after years of fighting, the Caesarea Treaty was finally negotiated in Caesarea, which resulted in the division of the Roman Empire into the Imperial South and the Republican North. Gaul was divided and the north was given to the republic. Since the important Gallic cities of Biberatce and Treverorum were both in the imperial territory, and Tibera had previously been named the capital of the new province of Silva Druidis (‘Druids’ Forest’), Caesarea was made the capital of the republican Gaul. The request to rename the city and remove the Julian Imperial elements was, however, rejected by a large majority. Even though Caesar had ended the First Republic, he was also a great personality with a significantly positive influence on Roman society and the Roman state and without him there would be neither the Castrum nor the settlement. Today Caesarea reminds Caesar in particular of his function as proconsul of Gaul and not as the destroyer of the republic.

The economic importance of Caesarea is rather low, since there are only a few valuable raw materials in the immediate vicinity. At least the river Arar provides enough water to provide an increased harvest and also allows the cultivation of high-quality plants, especially apples. Nevertheless, there are only a small number of trades and crafts in Caesarea. Agricultural products are primarily processed in other places and provinces. The most important economic factor is still the Roman military, which regularly brings fresh money to the region with the fifth legion in the Castrum.

The actual name "Castrum Caesarea Galliae" is just a template name, but I started to think about make it persistent. Caesarea is the most often used name for Roman settlements (there were 11 - most of them at the Levante) since the imperial time. That is why I used this name as template name, because it's like Springfield today - just to often used.
So that one could differentiate between the individual cities, a postfix was attached to the city name, which was usually the province name (in the genitive). That the castle stands in the Gaul (lat. Gallia) region of the RP world, so that Galliae got the name behind it.

I've uploaded here a smaller version as direct download. This Download is zip that contains a superflat world where I've exported just the castle so you may see the castle in the Planet Miencraft Preview and can see it ingame without downloading to much. The zip also contains a .schematic of the castrum, which I used you import it on this world.
If you want to see the real castle, with the village and more you need to download the full RP World!
Position on the RP World: -1074|63|1658

Comments are very welcome
CreditCreated by Mister_Ich
Progress100% complete

3 Update Logs

Update #3 (Final) : 02/27/2020 8:59:38 amFeb 27th, 2020

Well there was a lot to keep it shot I just list it:
-The village outside
-New Pics
-New Arrow Slits
-Minor changes all around the castle
-Missing Interior has been added
-The wallinside
-The Tower's Inside
-The History
-Structual Features now also contains the village
-Added download
-YouTube Video

02/25/2020 10:08 am
Level 31 : Artisan Architect
Uncle Wit
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yoo man how do you do the map in 3d.
03/02/2020 6:04 pm
Level 33 : Artisan Blockhead
VoxelBlox avatar
There is a plugin called DynMap you can use for servers and some for clientside that allow you to view it that way. Makes for some really great and unique views if you can do it right.
02/25/2020 1:01 pm
Level 48 : Master Architect
misterich avatar
Like the 2d, which is more important to me^^; both are created by dynmap. That is a mod that can be runned by your (Spigot or other) Server
02/24/2020 5:59 pm
Level 31 : Artisan Architect
Uncle Wit
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Nice prrojec dude.
02/24/2020 6:01 pm
Level 48 : Master Architect
misterich avatar
Thanks; and I am sure in the following 3 days there will be the final version!
02/14/2020 6:06 pm
Level 40 : Master Architect
SuperMinecrafz avatar
ooohhh this is nice
02/15/2020 5:52 am
Level 48 : Master Architect
misterich avatar
thanks, but your one is still better ;)
02/14/2020 3:08 pm
Level 26 : Expert Professor
EndPlayz avatar
You know, I thought I was the only one to use some Latin in my story... Dammit. Oh well it is at least used correctly.
Further, your castle looks pretty good!
02/15/2020 5:51 am
Level 48 : Master Architect
misterich avatar
Sorry but there will be much more Latin; for example I am going to make each sign on the map in Latin language aswell; so sorry that you will not be unique, but that heppens when I am allowed to build also roman stuff xd

But thanks for the comment
02/15/2020 6:59 am
Level 26 : Expert Professor
EndPlayz avatar
No need to say sorry, you came up with it as well, and I don't have any reason to stop you. Well, if it's not used correctly, that would be a reason lol
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