World is full of castles from Europe to Asia to North America to South America. Most of the castles were built in Medieval Era. Lets have a look at World’s top 10 most beautiful, attractive and amazing castles.
1. Mont Saint-Michel
Mont Saint-Michel is located on an island just off the coast of the region of Lower Normandy in northern France. It is a Medieval Castle on a Small Island.
Mont Saint Michel was officially inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1979. The island is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets and convoluted architecture of the medieval town.
2.The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet.
The Potala Palace is a palace-fortress of the seventeenth century Dzong, located in Lhasa, on the hill Marpari (“red hill”) the center of Lhasa Valley. Including a “White Palace” and “Red Palace”, and their ancillary buildings, the building embodies the union of spiritual and temporal power and their respective roles in the administration of Tibet. Built by the fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (1617-1682), including the palace was the principal residence of successive Dalai Lamas until the flight of the fourteenth Dalai Lama to India after the uprising against the military China in 1959. Today, the fourteenth Dalai Lama lives in Dharamsala in northern India and the palace became a museum of the People’s Republic of China.
3. Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein castle is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. This is most fairy tale kind of place on earth. Every year 1.3 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king“. In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.
The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic. However, movement in the foundation area has to be continuously monitored, and the sheer rock walls must be repeatedly secured. The harsh climate also has a detrimental effect on the limestone façades, which will have to be renovated section by section over the next few years.
4. Predjamski Castle
Predjamski Castle located approximately 11 kilometres from Postojna. This castle is integrated in cave.
The castle was first mentioned in the year 1274 with the German name Luegg, when the Patriarch of Aquileia built the castle in Gothic style. The castle was built under a natural rocky arch high in the stone wall to make access to it difficult. It was later acquired and expanded by the Luegg noble family.
5. Hunyad Castle
Hunyad Castle is located on a rock atop the small river along Hunedoara, Romania. It is the former home of the rulers of Hunyad dynasty in the 15th century.
It is mainly styled in Gothic design but with some elements of the Renaissance architecture in later period.
Its features dominate strong defense towers and drawbridge. The castle composed of colorful roofs, myriad windows and balconies carved in stones. It has been modified several times by the succeeding occupants but retained its classic Gothic designs.
6. Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle is one of four castles designated as ‘National Treasures of Japan’ and the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan.
Construction began in 1592 of the elegant black and white structure with its three turrets. Because of the elegant black walls, Matsumoto Castle is sometimes called ‘Crow Castle‘. Inside the castle are steep stairs and low ceilings leading past displays of armor and weapons from the Sengoku period (“Warring-States”) when the castle was built. The narrow wooden windows, once used by archers and gunmen, provide amazing views of the Japanese Alps, Matsumoto City and the koi and swans circling in the moat below.
7. Malbork Castle
Malbork Castle is the largest castle in the world by surface area. It is located in poland. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress. It is also World’s Largest Brick Gothic Castle.
The spectacular fortress represents the phenomenon of the monastic state in Prussia, founded in the 13th century and developed in the 14th century by the German communities of military monks who carried out crusades against the pagan Prussians on the south Baltic coast.
8. Löwenburg Castle, Germany
The Löwenburg is also known as Lion’s castle, located picturesquely in the Bergpark (“mountain park”) Wilhelmshöhe, presents itself as a romantic knight’s castle from the Middle Ages and also Disneyland of 18th century.
In the inside, however, the castle houses living rooms from the Baroque, which were designed to accommodate the earl and his entourage. Löwenburg Castle was erected by landgrave Wilhelm IX. at the end of the 18th century – a time of major societal changes.
9. Palacio da Pena – Romanticist palace
The Pena National Palace is a Romanticist palace in São Pedro de Penaferrim, municipality of Sintra, Portugal.
The palace stands on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbo. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.
10. Prague Castle
According to Guinness Book of Records Prague castle is Prague Castle is the biggest castle in the world. it is located in Prague, Czech Republic.
It is Prague’s premier tourist attraction. Several destructive wars and fires (and the subsequent renovations), along with differing political forces have combined to create an intriguing mix of palaces, churches and fortifications, spread over 18 acres. The Prague Castle complex comprises three courtyards and a great many buildings.
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