9 Captivating Castles and Palaces

by Jules on October 5, 2011

Imposing Amber Fort Palace in Rajasthan, India

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a castle or palace which in ancient times signalled extreme wealth and power? There are many castles and palaces in the world and the largest and most majestic are probably in Europe. Lap up the amazing architecture, history of ancient battles and sieges and explore the homes of the great rulers;

Windsor Castle, London, UK – This castle is not only an incredibly popular tourist attraction, but is also one of the most beautiful castles in the world. This amazing castle has been in the royal family of England for over 900 years. Built for William the Conqueror originally, it is a fortress sitting above the Thames River. The Queen of England lives in Windsor Castle in Berkshire on the weekends.

Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France
– A castle masterpiece where Louis XIV lived built in Paris, France and was home to French nobility in the seventeenth century. Magnificent picturesque gardens surround the castle with amazing features. The castle is also known as the palace of Versailles.

Himeji Castle, Japan – This castle is located in on a hill in the center of Himeji City in Japan. With amazing medieval architecture this castle features three moats in the front, middle and around the structure. Spiralling paths, high white walls and amazing to view and get tangled in. It is supposedly haunted by Okiku, a servant girl.

Amber Fort Palace, Rajasthan, India – Construction began on the strikingly romantic fort palace in 1592 by Man Singh I. Although the exterior looks a little forbidding, inside the palace are intricate and beautiful Mughal and Hindu interiors.

Castillo San Filipe del Morro, Puerto Rico
– The Castillo Castle is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico on the edge of a cliff. The Spanish Military fortress has over two million visitors each year exploring a journey through time. The majestic Caribbean Ocean can be viewed while visiting with a history dating back to 1539.

Summer Palace, Beijing, China – The Summer Palace is actually made up of some 3,000 structures which need many hours to explore the vast array of Chinese architecture, art and landscapes within. The most popular attractions are the gigantic two storey boat constructed of intricately carved marble and the Long Corridor which is a 730 meter long covered walkway which is decorated opulently with over 14,000 separate paintings.

Pena National Palace, Sintra, Portugal – The summer home of the Royal Portuguese family, with bold reds and gold colours is monumentally stunning. Located in Sintra, Portugal, this amazing castle lies on top of a mountain and is a national landmark.

Prague Castle, Prague, Czech Republic – Home of the Holy Roman Emperors and Czechoslovakian presidents, is a massive complex with theatres, plays and museums and host to the Summer Shakespeare Festival. Located in Prague, Czech Republic, this castle is worth a visit to be mesmerized by its beauty and elegance.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany – This huge and magnificent 19th century palace boasts majestic views and famed as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the Disney film. The spectacular castle lies in Bavaria, Germany towering into the skies above.

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