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Beautiful Castles around the world

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Heidelberg Castle

The castle is found eighty meters (260 ft) up the northern part of a hillside, and dominates the view of the old center of the Germany city of Heidelberg. The castle ruins are among the foremost vital Renaissance structures north of Alps. It’s had an extended and turbulent history since the earliest castle structure was inbuilt the thirteenth century. Having been totally destroyed throughout the Thirty Years War, and later by the French within the seventeenth century, the castle was affected by lightning in 1764 and even its stones were taken to build new houses in Heidelberg. All this rebuilding has led to a variety of architectural styles which adds to the castle’s charm.

Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg

The chateau du Haut-Kœnigsbourg is nestled at a strategic location on a high hill overlooking the Alsatian plain within the Vosges mountains, France. It had been utilized by successive powers from the Middle Ages till the Thirty Years’ War once the castle was burned and pillaged by Swedish troops once a 52-day siege. Once this the Chateau was left unused for many hundred years and have become overgrown by forest. In 1899 it had been given to the German emperor  Wilhelm II and restored as it was on the eve of the Thirty Years’ War. Once the French confiscate the castle once WWI it had been thought of trendy to sneer at the castle due to its links to the emperor. Many considered it to be nothing more than a fairytale castle.

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Chateau de Chillon

Located in an exceedingly lovely setting, between the shores of Lake Geneva and the Alps, Chateau de Chillon is Switzerland’s most visited historic monument. The castle consists of one hundred independent buildings that were gradually connected and now form a single whole. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy, and it was greatly expanded in the 13th century. The castle was never taken in a siege, but did change hands through treaties.

Matsumoto Castle

Built in the 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is considered one of Japan’s most famous castles. It is a flatland castle because it is not built on a hilltop or amid rivers, but on a plain. The castle’s complete defences included an extensive system of inter-connecting walls, moats and gatehouses. During the Edo period, the castle was ruled by the 23 lords of Matsumoto representing 6 different daimyo families. In this period the stronghold was also known as Crow Castle because its black walls and roofs looked like spreading wings.

Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, in Germany. It is still owned by a branch of the Eltz family that lived there in the 12th century, 33 generations ago. The Rübenach and Rodendorf families’ homes in the castle are open to the public, while the Kempenich branch of the family uses the other third of the castle.

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Magnificent Fairytale Castles around the World

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The most celebrated fairytale castles are probably those that originate from legends and myths. Renowned examples area unit King Arthur’s Camelot and therefore the Cinderella and Sleeping Beaty castles which will be found in many theme parks around the world. This list contains their planet counterparts and source of inspiration. These real fairytale castles are even as magical and most are related to stories and fairy tales of their own.

Qasr Kharana

Qasr Kharana is one of the known of the desert castles placed in present-day eastern Jordan. Designed sometime before the first eighth century, it’s one of the earliest examples of Islamic architecture within the region. Having a restricted water supply it’s probable that Qasr Kharana sustained solely temporary usage and there are totally different theories regarding the function of the castle, it may have been a fortress or a meeting place for Bedouins.

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Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle was designed between 1283 and 1289 throughout King Edward I’s second campaign in North Wales. Six years later the castle was enclosed by the last native Prince of Wales. The siege lasted for many months and provides ran low. But the castle and city weren’t captured. An estimated £15,000 (the equivalent of £162 million in 2009) was spent building the castle and the town’s defences. The cost of all of his five major castles in Wales was around £60,000. The total cost to Edward for his Welsh campaigns and castle building was in the region of a third of a million pounds. More than ten times his annual income.

Bran Castle

Located in Romania, Bran Castle is usually said as “Dracula’s Castle” though Vlad Tepes never referred to as this castle his home. The castle was first used in 1378 in defence against the Ottoman Empire, and later became a customs post on the location between Transylvania and Wallachia. While Vlad Tepes, the historical figure that was used in Bram Stoker’s vampire novel, did not actually live in Bran Castle, he did spent two days locked in the dungeon while the Ottomans controlled Transylvania.