[Tagging] How one may tag object as castle?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Tue Oct 13 21:57:04 UTC 2015

On 14/10/2015 3:42 AM, NopMap wrote:
> Warin wrote
>>>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:historic%3Dcastle ).
>>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:castle_type
>> And then fully document the castle_type used. As no other castle_type is
>> documented, it would be a first.
> Why do you say that no castle_type is documented? castle_type is well
> documented including good pictures (see either of the links above) and yes
> defensive is the subkey for a "real" castle or fortress if it is a very
> large stronghold.

There is no separate individual wiki page for the  value of each castle_type, so 'not fully documented'.

And it is 'poor'. As an example ..the difference between castle_type=fortified and castle_type=defensive? None?

Wikipedia has a fair amount on castle - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle

Things on the castle_type OSMwiki that should not be there (my thoughts) are

Palace -

Buckingham Palace, London, UK is tagged as a building http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/5208404

In the original building proposal palace was mentioned as a type of building.



An abbreviation of Manor House .. it is a building.

Stately home -

it is a building.

Fort - Fortress

A fort is a defensive structure accommodation military personal and possibly their families.

( A castle accommodates non military personal as a priority, usually a noble and their family with domestic staff. Then the military personal.)

Agra Fort is tagged as a barrier=wall  http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/310318567

One Castle, Krak des Chevaliers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krak_des_Chevaliers, is tagged as a barrier=wall


So .. what is the difference between a building and a castle?

A castle has a building inside a defensive wall, usually the building is separate from the wall to enhance the building security.

> Actually it is not that easy to distinguish between "real" castles and
> similar buildings in Europe. Many medieval castles were later converted to
> more comfortable living places (palaces, stately homes) but retained all or
> a part of their defensive buildings or only a few as decorations. In the
> 19th century, stately homes were built with pseudo defensive installations
> because it was fashionable to have a romantic touch.
> So if you have a scientifically precise defintion, it is likely that most
> mappers will tag it otherwise by their impression anyway. Therefore I think
> that a very general tag historic=castle and a subtag for refinement is a
> better idea, even if the actual meaning is more like "castle-like building".
> bye, Nop
Past practice might be to tag the outer wall as a barrier if one exists. And then tag the building as a building.

And that might be the 'best' solution - no separate tag for 'castle'.
This can lead to tagging the outer wall with disused, raised etc while the inner building may still be in use.

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