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Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu

The " Gusuku Sites and Related Properties of the Kingdom of Ryukyu" are cultural heritages characteristically unique to the district of the Ryukyu. They were developed sometime between the end of the 14th century when the Ryukyu Kingdom began its steps toward unification,and the end of the 18th century when the Kingdom was finally established.

Katsuren- jo Site.
(Katsuren Castle Remains)
Located at Uruma City,
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Katsuren-jo site. Viewed from southeast.

Katsuren castle was the residence of the influential Lord Amawari at the time when the Ryukyu Kingdom was still in the stage of stabilization. Amawari resisted until the last moment and destroyed Gosamaru, an important vassal to the king. He tried to usurp the sovereignty by attacking Shuri Castle where the king resided, but instead suffered disastrous defeat and destruction. His defeat brought stability to the sovereignty at Chuzan, with Shuri Castle as its core. Katsuren Castle is designated as a historic site.

Katsuren-jo site. Castle wall of first enclosure. Katsuren-jo site. View of first and second enclosures from third enclosure.

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