- "The castle of Cair Paravel on its little hill towered up above them; before them were the sands, with rocks and little pools of salt water, and seaweed, and the smell of the sea and long miles of bluish-green waves breaking for ever and ever on the beach. And oh, the cry of the seagulls! Have you heard it? Can you remember?"
- ―The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chapter 17)
Cair Paravel was the capital of the Kingdom of Narnia: a spectacular citadel and the abode of its kings and queens during Narnia's early years, located on a peninsula (later an island) on the Eastern Ocean.
It lay empty during the White Witch's tyrannical reign in the Age of Winter, and was restored to use when the Pevensies were crowned there and fulfilled the prophecy, which ushered in the Golden Age of Narnia.During Narnia's Telmarine Conquest, the castle fell in the Battle of Cair Paravel, after which Cair Paravel was left deserted throughout Narnia's Telmarine Age, and fell into ruin, overgrown with woods at the Great River Delta.
However, the nearby forests were once again cleared at the end of the Narnian Revolution, during which the nation was taken back by King Caspian the Seafarer, who either rebuilt the structure to its original splendour or erected an entirely new castle on the same location.Narnia's horrific Calormene Age finally brought an end to the grand castle and its inhabitants, during the brutal Extermination of Cair Paravel.
Places in and around the Castle
The following places are described in or surrounding Cair Paravel: -