座喜味城Zakimi Castle is classified as a mountain castle, and is located in Okinawa Prefecture It is associated with the Gosamaru clan. Dates in use: 1422 - 16C.
This castle was built to guard northern Okinawa and features zigzagged stone walls which allowed the defenders a clearer view of attacking soldiers. The archways joining the defensive enclosures feature a keystone whose style is unique to Okinawa.
As the castle was used as a gun placement during WWII, allied forced heavily bombed the site. The U.S. later placed a radar station here. There is a museum nearby.
|1416||The castle was built. It was completed six years later.|
|1500's||The castle was abandoned. (unable to determine the exact date)|
|2000||Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Okinawa's other significant Gusuku sites.|
|Site||National Historic Site|
|Site||UNESCO World Heritage Site|