| historic = castle
|A fortified building in medieval and modern times|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: In use|
|Tools for this tag|
Castles are (often fortified) buildings from medieval and modern times. For the German Burg and Schloss no proper English counterpart exists, the description and picture should help.
How to map
Place a node at the centre point, or draw a way around the outline of the construction. Tag with historic=castle
Tags to use in combination
- name=Name - name of the site, for example Windsor Castle.
- castle_type=type - classification of the castle. Currently under discussion. See section below for details
- wikipedia=name of article - for most of the castles in Central Europe an article in Wikipedia exists. You should tag articles linking to one of the different languages available, e.g.
- ruins=yes - set this tag when the castle is a ruin, that means if only remains of buildings without roof or at least some walls exist. (don't use historic=ruins anymore).
- building:condition=* - for a larger scale of building conditions
The castle_type=type tag can be used to give a classification of the castle. The alternative values are have been under discussion. There is no Proposal page yet and they have not been voted or agreed upon. The main point of the discussion is whether to break with OSM custom and use precise German/local language tags or to use more general English tags.
Note also that a lot of discussion is taking place in German. You may find useful information (or unhelpful inconsistencies) on the DE:Tag:historic=castle page, from which much of the following was translated.
|Key||Value||Description||Map icon||Ruin icon||Example|
|castle_type||defensive||Defensive castle. Fortified, defensible dwelling or military stronghold||
|castle_type||palace||A palace is a grand residence, especially a royal residence or the home of a head of state or some other high-ranking dignitary, such as a bishop or archbishop.|
|castle_type||stately||Stately home. Representative building without functional defenses. Sometimes rebuilt from former defensive structures.||
|castle_type||manor||A manor house is a country house which was historically the capital residence or messuage within a manor, the basic unit of territorial organisation in the feudal system in Europe, in which dwelled the lord of the manor.||
|castle_type||fortress||Fortress. Heavily fortified structure with military use.||
|castle_type||shiro||Shiro Japanese castle|
|castle_type||kremlin||A kremlin is a major fortified central complex found in historic Russian cities.|
This table is a wiki template with a default description in English. Editable here.
- Use historic=fort for more modern constructions
- Use historic=archaeological_site and
site_type=fortification for some castles which have completely vanished or of which only little visible remains exist like ramparts, moats or some stones. Also to use with prehistoric and early medieval ramparts.
- Key:historic for other historic things.
For proposed icons see the ones at the table above.