In ancient times, Kings and Queens, Arthurs and Knights, Prince and Princesses lived in the interiorly luxury built castles, citadels, fortress and palaces. Palaces and castles depict the architectural style and art of those times when they existed. They have always been a source of great fascination for the tourists who move around the globe. The pictures may not tell the true glory of the castle but there’s a smart list for the most elegantly built castles round the world for you to visit.
10. Fisherman’s Castle, Hungary
This simple castle is located between New Orleans and Mississippi-Louisiana placed on the other side of Irish Bayou. In 1981 Simon Villemarrette built this “home” based on the concept of French castles. The castle was purposely built with round turrets and enough concrete was used so that it can withstand wind gusts of 140 mph. he passed away before occupying the home. Jon Digman is the current caretaker of this castle-home, but the actual owner is still unknown.
9. Castle of good Hope, South Africa
Between 1666 and 1679, the castle was built in Cape Town, South Africa and is the oldest surviving building in the region. In 1652 the current pentagonal fortification replaced small clay by Commander Jan van Riebeeck upon establishing a maritime replenishment station art “the Cape of Good Hope” for the Dutch East India Company, known as the VOC (Verenigde Oos-Indische Compagnie). The castle of Good Hope remains as the best preserved building in its kind built by VOC.
8. Dracula’s Castle, Romania
The Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle, was originally built in 1212 by the Knights of Teutonic Order. This building was used as a defense against Turks in 1378. From 1920, this place has become a royal residence until 1948 on the expulsion of royal family. Now-a-days it is a very attractive museum of medieval arts.
7. Larnach Castle, New Zealand
This castle was built by an Australian-born William Larnach, merchant baron and politician for his 1st wife in 1871. It took 3 years by more than 200 workmen in just to make the castle shell and then further 12 years were spent by European craftsmen to complete the interiors. Building is the centerpiece of a 35 acre property. It is privately owned by barker’s family who celebrated the 40th anniversary in 2007 with Larnach Castle.
6. Forbidden City, China
For over 5 centuries from, the Forbidden City in Beijing, China retains the seat of supreme power from 1416 to 1911. On the four corners of the city wall, the castle building contains four high towers. The walls of this fort are 1 meter thick and the building contains the city in it. Buildings with nearly 10,000 furnished rooms and landscaped gardens constitute a priceless testimony to Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now this palace is an auxiliary to the Imperial Palace in Beijing.
5. Himeji Castle, Japan
Akamatsu Sadanori built Himeji Castle in1346 as a fortification against local shoguns. This castle has never seen any battle and thus it is the best preserved medieval castle architecture in all Japan. It is a hill castle which employs the surroundings as a bulwark against the attack of enemies. It has 3 moats – inner, middle, and outer – served as three lines of defense. The building is surrounded by the tangled network of spiral paths.
4. Peles Castle, Romania
In the Carpathian Mountains of Romania the fairytale sort constructed Peles Castle is located. Its construction was started in 1873 and its construction was an international undertaking. 14 languages were heard among the workers as it is said that the Gypsies were coolies, Italians were masons, Albanians and Greeks worked in stone, Romanians were building terraces,., Germans and Hungarians were carpenters, Engineers were Polish, Turks were brick burners and the stone carvers were Czech.
3. Windsor Castle, England
The most well known castle in the world is Windsor Castle as it is the largest occupied castle in the world. Along with Hollywood Palace in Edinburgh and Buckingham Palace in London- this palace is one of the official residences of the Queen of England. The castle was originally built for William who was the Conqueror to guard the approach to London and it is made of wood. The building complex has provided a fortress for royalty for more than 900 years.
2. Arg-é Bam Castle, Iran
Situated on the Silk Road, this enormous and famous citadel was built before 500 BCE and it remained in use till 1850 CE. It is located in Bam, Iran and is the largest adobe building in the world. Whole building was a fortress in which this citadel is present. The entire fortress is named as Bam Citadel because of the impressive impression of that building.
1. Prague Castle, Czech Republic
A largest and oldest castle of all times in the world is the “Prague castle”. Its width is 130 meters and length is 570 meters. The design of this castle represents almost every architectural style of the last millennium that is from Gothic to Romanesque and Baroque features. As early as 9th century the first buildings of this complex emerged and came forth.