TOP 10 castles of the world
They were the best places to live, many spaces, many rooms… and of course, only some privileged people had the right to enjoy it, in this situation, it was for the kings and queens or important lords so if you are always fascinated by those residences, following the top 10 castles to discover.
The Neuschwanstein castle (1873) is located in the village of Hohenschwangau in Germany and it owns a victorian gothic style although we can find also beautiful romanesque and byzantine architectures and arts so don’t miss this castle considered as one of new seven wonders of the world.
The Himeji castle (1333) is located in Himeji in Japan and some people call it Hakurojō (White Egret Castle) or
Shirasagijō (White Heron Castle) because of its white color and its design looking like a bird taking flight. It comprises a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period and declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993.
The Versailles castle (1710) is located in Versailles in France and not like the others, it was an enlargement of a castle dating from 1038. The work started in 1661 during the reign of Louis XIV and although, it was ended 49 years later, more improvements were done until 1783. Now it is a nice castle with beautiful rooms and gardens declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.
The Bran castle (1377) is located in Bran in Romania and famous to be the Dracula’s castle but you don’t need to be afraid because after all, vampires don’t exist !!! On the other hand, you will discover some secret passages that may be used by Dracula.
The Windsor castle (1070) is located in Windsor in England and it was made of wood during the reign of William the Conqueror and with the time, more constructions have been done to enlarge the place until the 19th century and of course, the wood has been replaced by stone.
The Krak des Chevaliers castle (1031) is located near Tartus in Syria and considered as a crusader castle so one of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world. It was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006.
The Frontenac castle (1893) is located in Quebec in Canada and it is the only one of the lists which was not built for a king but for a company to use it as a hotel. It was to promote luxury tourism by attracting rich travelers.
The Prague castle (870) is located in Prague in Czech Republic and it is the biggest ancient castle of the world. Through time, it suffered new enlargements and constructions but also fire and demolition due to wars and other events so it was not ended before the second half of the 18th century.
The Chambord castle (1519) is located in Chambord in France and it was finished in 1547 although not totally completed due to the death of the king François I. It mixes traditional french medieval forms with classical italian structures in a purely renaissance architecture.
The Edinburgh castle is located in Edinburgh in Scotland at the top the volcanic Castle Rock. Its construction is unknown but some references have been found in a book dating from the 14th century telling about the death of the king Malcolm III in 1093. It was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.