TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLES IN THE WORLD

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Top 10 Most Beautiful Castles in the World

It’s almost unimaginable that people were able to build such beautiful castles centuries ago. Then we aim not only for the buildings themselves, but also at the locations. Many châteaux are located in imposing mountains. Or in the water!

10. Segovia Castle – Spain

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Spaniards call the Segovia Castle also called ‘El Alcázar de Segovia’. The city – and its associated castle – are located on a triangular mountain peak. At this point, the rivers Clamores and Eresma also come together. In the eleventh century, King Alfonso VI commissioned the construction of the castle. At that place there was a wooden construction. In the following centuries, the Segovia Castle has definitely been refurbished 20 times. After the rebuilding under the reign of Fransisco De Mora, the castle has got the shape, as it now stands. In the 19th century there was still a major restoration: fire had arisen.

9. Miranda Castle – Belgium

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In 1866, the Liedekerke-Beaufort family commissioned the English architect Edward Milner to design a castle. In the same year, the construction was completed. Castle Miranda – also called ‘Home the Noisy’ – is located next to the farm where the family lived. They used the castle as a summer residence. After the Second World War, Miranda Castle received another destination. Then it was decorated as a children’s home. This destination explains the aforementioned nickname! From 1980, outdoor activities for children took place. Meanwhile, Miranda Castle is empty.

8. Windsor Castle – United Kingdom

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For over 900 years, Windsor Castle is known as the largest inhabited castle in the world. The total area is over 450 acres. This castle consists of two different parts. In the middle is the big middle tower. Nice to know: In this tower – called Round Tower – part of the royal collection is preserved. And if the queen stays there, the flag hangs out on this tower. Like her predecessors, Queen Elisabeth Windsor Castle uses second home. The private rooms of the Royal Family are located in the so-called Upper Ward. In this part of the castle, the famous state banquets also take place.

7. Bodiam Castle – United Kingdom

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TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CASTLES IN THE WORLD

The Bodiam Castle was built in 1385 by Knight Edward Dalyngrigge. It is very likely that King Eduard III of England moved him to this. From this location – in the present East Sussex – the English army could undo a possible French invasion. Experts believe that the castle was built especially to impress. That succeeded: Bodiam Castle is virtually intact. Also the four round towers are in great condition. At the beginning of the last century the castle was restored. Since 1926, it is owned by National Trust.

6. Prague Castle – Czech Republic

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Prague Castle is considered to be the largest enclosed castle area of ​​the world. Now take the front of this complex: it is 500 meters long. The total area is 7.5 hectares. In addition to the castle – also known as Prague Castle or Prague Castle – the complex consists of several squares, palaces and churches. The first stone was laid in the ninth century.

5. Kilkenny Castle – Ireland

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Ireland has a great appeal to people who love the rough nature. Such an environment is a great decor for a castle! Exactly because of this, many tourists visit Kilkenny Castle. The history of the castle dates back to the year 1195. The location was chosen for strategic reasons: William Marshal had a good view of the nearby Nore River from this castle. And on a number of routes in the area. About 400 years ago houses were built around the castle. The city that originated is named after the castle: Kilkenny.

4. Conwy Castle – VWales

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Conwy Castle is located on the north coast of Wales. It was built in the period 1283 to 1289. If King Eduard I of England were to be in this area, he stayed in Conwy Castle. As the castle has never been occupied – it has barely inhabited for several centuries – it remained virtually intact. That’s what the third Lord Conway was doing: in 1665 he dropped all the lead, iron and wood from the castle. In the meantime, Conwy Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

3. Kasteel de Haar – The Netherlands

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Of course, a Dutch castle may not be missing in the list? Which castle of the Netherlands is the most beautiful? Muiderslot or Castle Loevestein? We have chosen De Haar, the largest castle in the Netherlands located in the vicinity of Vleuten. It was rebuilt in neo-Gothic style from 1892 on the ruin of the old castle. Next to the castle is a chapel.

2. Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany

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About 1869 King Louis II of Bavaria commissioned the construction of the Neuschwanstein Castle. He dreamed of a medieval knight castle: a fairytale castle. Unfortunately, he did not enjoy it. He died in 1886. Then the construction of the castle was shut down. At a later stage, the Neuschwanstein Castle was completed. And entirely according to the ideal image of the deceased king! Prior to the construction of the Castle of Doornroosje in Disneyland, California, Walt Disney has gained inspiration from the Neuschwanstein Castle.

1. Mont Saint Michel – France

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If you know that Mon Saint Michel is France’s third tourist hotspot, then you can assume that it is a special venue. The medieval abbey is built on a rocky tidal island in a bay near the mouth of the Couesnon. The image of Saint Michael – on the abbey church tower – protrudes 170 feet above the bay.In 1979 UNESCO added the island with the abbey to its world heritage site. You can visit this complex on foot: a narrow pedestrian bridge has been constructed.

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