Top 10 Most Beautiful Castles in the World

A European innovation, castles originated in the 9th and 10th centuries and were built by nobles to control the area immediately surrounding them. The structures were both offensive and defensive, and although their military origins are often emphasized in castle studies, the buildings also served as centers of administration and symbols of power. There was nothing the rich and powerful could do to show off their wealth and influence than to build a castle. There are so many breathtaking castles around the world and it’s very hard to make a list of the top 10. See below Top 10 Most Beautiful Castle in the world.

Neuschwanstein Castle

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Neuschwanstein build on top of a hill in Southern Bavaria. Neuschwanstein is a truly remarkable citadel built as a retreat by the reclusive king Ldwig of Bavaria in the second half of the 19th century. after he died in 1886 Neuschwanstein opened to the paying public and has since had over 60 million visitors.

Malbork Castle

Another beautiful medieval fortress Europe seems to be full of Malbork was built by the famed warriors of the order of the Teutonic Knights as part of their conquest in what is now Poland. The castle is a classic example of a medieval fortress and, on its completion in 1406, was the world’s largest brick castle.

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace is the most beautiful castle in all of France. Versailles was built by Louis XIV. It is a wealty suburb of Paris some 20 kilometers southwest of the French capital. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution.

Edinburgh Castle

Few castles in the world mean so much to the city around them as Edinburgh Castle. Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh Scotland form its position on the Castle Rock. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

Himeji Castle

Himeji is the largest and one of the most beautiful castle in Japan. Apart from its aesthetics the way it is built is also a reminder that it was once a fortress meant to withstand enemy assaults with its strong fire resistant walls, multiple moats, weapon racks, hiding places and confusing design.

Chateau Chambord

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This palace was built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francois and has very distinct French Renaissance architecture. It is everything you would expect such a building would be elegant and imposing, truly fit for a king. It opened to the public in 2007 and has drawn in more than 700,000 visitors.

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Windsor has been built in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. It is today Queen Elizabeth’s favorite weekend home. The original castle was built in the 11 century after the Norman invasion of England by William the Conqueror.

Eltz Castle

Eltz Castle is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier Germany. It is owned by the same noble family built it over eight centuries age that lived there in the 12th century. It is situated on a 70 m rock spur, on an important Roman trade route between rich farmlands and their markets.

Stirling Castle               

Stirling Castle is one of the largest and most important castles in Scotland. Its build on top of a rocky hill in central Scotland. It is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs. The first record of Stirling Castle dates from around 1110, when King Alexander I dedicated a chapel here. It appears to have been an established royal centre by this time, as Alexander died here in 1124.

Topkapi Palace

The Ottoman Sultan Mehmed started to build Topkapi as a symbol of his power and glory after the conquest of Constantinople. It is a large palace in Istanbul Turkey. One of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years. After the 17th century the Topkapi Palace gradually lost its importance as the sultans preferred to spend more time in their new palaces along the Bosphorus.

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint Michel is an island commune is Normandy France. It is located about 1 Km off the country’s northwestern at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. It is basically a small town built around and below an old abbey connected to the mainland by only a narrow causeway.

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