There isn’t anything quite as mysterious and spectacular as an old castle.Many castles carry with them scars from histories most influential moments.In the Middle
Ages rulers began building castles for protection.In a time of war, the castle was a stronghold for
conquering nations. Castles have been battered and left inhabitable, but it is difficult to completely
destroy a well built structure. In modern times many contemporary castles are being built, but they are mainly
used for hotels and entertainment.
15. Castle Stalker
is a four-story tower house located near Port Appin, Argyll, by Scotland.It
is believed that this structure was built around 1320 by Clan MacDougall, who was then Lords of Lorn.It
was abandoned around 1840 when it lost its roof.In 1908, it was re-purchased and had basic conservation
work done.This castle is quite famous and has appeared in the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and
two Highlandermovies.It is one of the best examples of a medieval tower-house surviving in western
Caernarfon Castle is located
at Caernarfon in Gwynedd, north-west Wales.When Edward I took control of Gwynedd in 1283
by defeating Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, prince of Wales, he began building numerous castles and fortresses in the area.Some other notable structures built by Edward I were Conwy Castle, Harlech Castle, and later Beaumaris Castle.The fortress was constructed in a strategically important location.It is located on the banks of
the River Seiont that flows into the Menai Strait.
An extremely expensive endeavor, the
castle was completed around 1323.Over the centuries very little construction work has been done on the
castle and you can still see visible joints on the internal walls, which were ready to accept further expansion.Edward II of England was born in the castle.In the 20th century the castle was used for the investiture
of Edward VIII and Charles, Prince of Wales.You can visit the site today as it houses the Royal Welch
Het Steen (The
Stone) is an ancient medieval castle built in the old city center of Antwerp, Belgium,
which is one of Europe’s biggest ports.Built around 1225 it is Antwerp’s oldest building.The castle was constructed in part to control access to the Schelde, the river that flows through this area.It was also used as a prison between 1303 and 1827. There are often reports of weird noises and ghostly activity
on the grounds of Het Steen. The castle is being used for various museum exhibits.
Bodiam Castle is located near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England.It is one of the most famous landmarks in England
and a perfect example of a late medieval moated castle.It is not a large structure, but was ideally suited
for defense against France and militant rural populace after the English Peasants’ Revolt.It was
also the site for many gatherings and parties with foreign merchants and dignitaries.
is completely surrounded by a moat from the north and south.It has four large towers on each of its rectangular
corners.There are two gateways, each of which has long bridges leading over the moat.Bodiam
Castle has been pictured in many popular movies and videos, including Enya’s song The Celts. If you are lucky
enough to visit this site then you have to be sure to check out the enormous hollowed out tree in the back
of the castle grounds.
This structures history spans all the way back to 929
when a military camp was established between the rivers Meisa, Triebisch, and Elbe.The castle was destroyed
in the 15th century and redesigned by Arnold of Westphalia, mostly in the late Gothic style. This landmark dominates
the city centre of Meissen, Germany.In 1645, Swedish General von Königsmark captured the castle during the Thirty Years War. The structure was
a factory for the first fine European china, Meissen porcelain, from 1700-1850.During World War II Albrechtsburg
was used as storage for artistic inventories of the Dresden Art Collections and some other stolen artifacts.
Burg Eltz is a medieval castle nestled in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier,
Germany.In the 13th century many towns were being founded in this area.Multiple
owners came to claim this land and jointly built Burg Eltz.This was a common practice in some parts of
the Roman Holy Empire of the German Nation, as only the very rich European lords could afford to build a castle solely on
their land.This has caused the property to be divided into a community of joint heirs, which belong to
different branches of certain families.
Burg Eltz is located on an important Roman trade route between the
rich farm lands and their markets.The castle had major construction done from 1472-1540.It
was mostly in the late Gothic style.To this day it is still owned by a branch of the same family
that lived their 33 generations ago.The owners are the Rübenach, Rodendorf,
and Kempenich families.
Neuschwanstein Castle was built in the 19th century
and was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria.It is located near Hohenschwangau
and Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.It is the most photographed building in Germany, although
pictures of the interior are not permitted.Ludwig II was widely known for building numerous extravagant
castles.He used them as retreats and the public was not permitted to visit.
Neuschwanstein’s budget was exceeding itself and Ludwig was losing public support. In 1886, when
the castle was almost complete, the King was declared insane by a State Commission.Although he vigorously
proclaimed that he was not even examined.Ludwig II mysteriously drowned that same year at the age of 41.After his death the castle was open to the public, in part to counter the incredible debt it originally created.Since that time over 50 million people have visited the site.Neuschwanstein castle was an inspiration
for Walt Disney when creating the animated film Cinderella. It also served as a model for the famous Cinderella
Castles found at two Disney theme parks.
I had to add one castle
to the list that is currently abandoned.There is something quite eerie about a vacant and dark castle.
It has the nickname "Home de Noisy." That name originated between World War I and World
War II when the castle became a vacation home for SNCB (Belgian national rail company) railway
men's children.The castle is located not
far from Dinant in Belgium.It has been abandoned since 1991 when there was a fire.It may look somewhat in tact from the outside, but is in pretty bad shape on the interior. It is
not a safe place to explore, corrosion could cause a partial collapse at any time.Miranda Castle is 142
years old, has 550 windows, and a clock tower that is 183 feet tall.I’m not sure what creatures
are living in there today.You decide for yourself.
The Kremlin is one of the most lavish structures
in the world.It is located in the heart of Moscow and overlooks the Moskva River to the south,
Red Square to the east, and Alexander Garden to the west.It stands on the left bank of the
Moscow River, where it connects to the Neglinnaya River.Kremlin is actually a Russian word for fortress
or castle.This landmark consists of four palaces, four cathedrals, and the
enormous Kremlin Wall.It is the residence of the President of Russia. The
castle originated around the 11th century as a Vyatich fortified structure.It was destroyed by Mongols
in 1237 and was gradually rebuilt over time.After Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812, he
ordered the entire structure to be destroyed.He bombed The Kremlin for three days, but due to vast rainfall
the damage was less severe then anticipated. Restoration works were conducted from 1816-1819 under the rule of Alexander
I.In 1918, areas of The Kremlin were devastated by the Bolsheviks.It was renovated in the 1990’s and today has architectural features from the last ten centuries. It is open
to the public and contains numerous museums examining Russia’s history and culture.
This castle might be the most important preserved medieval military landmarks in the world.It is a crusader fortress located
east of Tripoli, Lebanon, in Syria. It sits atop a 650-metre-high hill along the only route from Antioch to Beirut and the
Mediterranean Sea.It is one of many fortresses that were built as a defensive network on the boarder of
the old Crusader states.This base controlled the road to the Mediterranean Sea.During
The Crusades this was an incredibly important structure. Around 1200 it was expanded to the largest crusader fortress
in the Holy Land and was transformed into a concentric castle, which is a castle within another castle.
Some of the walls are over a hundred feet thick. The structure has endured many
battles and in 2006 the fortress was made a World Heritage Site, which is a place of cultural or historical significance.Krak des Chevaliers is one of the few places in the world where certain forms of crusader art and architecture
are on display.
Edinburgh Castle is an ancient stronghold located atop Castle Rock in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland.It is unclear exactly when it was constructed, but there has been a royal castle at the location since the reign of
David I in the 12th century.It continued to be a royal residence until 1603 and the Union of the Crowns.
Edinburgh Castle has been involved in numerous historical conflicts, including the Wars of Scottish Independence
in the 14th century and the Jacobite Rising of 1745.It has been besieged, both successfully and unsuccessfully
on many occasions.
From the 17th century to the 19th century the castle was used as a military
base with a large garrison.In the 1800’s it was recognized as a historical monument and various
restoration programs have been carried out since.There are very few buildings in this area that pre-date
the Lang Siege of the 16th century, when everything was destroyed by artillery bombardment.The castle
is now in the care of Historic Scotland.It is the second most visited tourist attraction in Scotland and
houses many different museum exhibits.
Burg Katz is a castle above the German
town of St. Goarshausen.It is a truly remarkable structure tucked in the hillside.It
was built around 1371 by Count Wilhelm II of Katzenelnbogen. It was originally used in the military
as a commanding station. The castle also provided a transportation corridor through the German
countryside.Burg Katz was an attractive target and was scarred by many battles.Spaniards
conducted a siege in 1626 and the French tried to capture it in 1684 and again in 1692.In 1801, it was
ultimately owned by France and Napoleon decided to blow it up in 1806. It remained in disrepair well into the late 19th
century. The structure was rebuilt from 1896-98.Burg Katz houses a private
Natural Science Grammar and Boarding School and is closed to the pubic.At least that is what they tell
Osaka Castle is located in Chūō-ku,
Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan.It is one of the most famous castles in this area and played a major role
in the unification of Japan during the 16th century.The design of this castle is extremely unique.It was built on two raised platforms of landfill, supported by sheer walls of cut rock.The technique
is called Burdock piling.The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight on the inside.It also has underground stories.Construction began in 1583 under the rule of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.In 1615, Osakajo fell to Tokugawa clan.At that time Tokugawa Hidetada
reconstructed the castle with many additions.
In 1868, much of the castle grounds were burned
in the civil conflicts surrounding the Meiji Restoration. The structure was then converted to a barracks.In 1928, the main tower was restored and in 1945 in was damaged in bombing raids.The last restoration
on Osaka Castle took place from 1995-1997.Today the castle grounds contain thirteen structures which have
been designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government.It is open to the pubic and an
extremely popular vacation destination.
Caerlaverock Castle was built in the 13th century in
southwest Scotland.It is a unique structure and is a triangular double moated castle.Located
very close to the border with England, this castle was vital in defending off English troops on numerous occasions.It was also besieged more then five times, most notably in 1300 by Edward I.After a siege in 1640 by Catholic Maxwells the castle was permanently abandoned.During this
battle the south wall and tower were demolished, scars that remain today. Caerlaverock Castle is an extremely popoular
tourist attraction and its ruins are in a National Nature Reserve in the care of Scottish Natural Heritage.
Predjama Castle is a Renaissance
castle woven within a cave mouth in southwestern Slovenia.It was built in the Gothic style and first mentioned
in 1274.It is truly an architectural masterpiece. The structure was constructed
under a natural rocky arch high in the stone wall to prevent easy access.The castle has changed hands
many times throughout history.Probably the most infamous owner was knight Erazem, who controlled
the land in the late 15th century.
Predjama Castle is located in the middle of a 123 m high,
overhanging, limestone cliff.It has numerous secret passage ways, including a natural shaft that leads
out of a secret room.The shaft was used to supply the castle with food during a time of siege and also
for smuggling and criminal activity.Over the years the structure has had numerous ghost
sightings and reports of paranormal activity.In 2008, it was featured on an episode of Ghost
Hunters International on the Sci Fi Channel. The castle was eventually confiscated by the state
after World War II and today it is used as a museum showcasing the life of medieval lords.
1.Richard - May 15, 2009 at 2:06 AM Great stories and wonderful pictures! Thanks for posting them for others to
2. ibz - May 15, 2009 at 6:28 AM Amazing and beautiful
fatma khan - May 15, 2009 at 6:37 AM amazing!!!!
4. Shailendra - May 15, 2009 at 6:38 AM ahdasdasjbfsjfhsu
Subhranil Das - May 15, 2009 at 6:45 AM Very
good and appreciable collection.... A job well done......
6. Rahul Verma - May 15, 2009 at 7:11 AM wonderful
7. NITESH - May 15, 2009 at 7:14 AM hiiiiiiiiii
8. rati - May 15, 2009 at 7:20 AM glorias picture
9. janani - May 15, 2009 at 7:28 AM good
10. bansode - May 15, 2009 at 7:39 AM yutu
11. dadu - May 15, 2009 at 7:43 AM 've a look
12. Guruprasad T.R - May 15, 2009 at 8:17 AM Very nice
and fantastic collection
13. sunil - May 15, 2009 at 8:17 AM wow wonderful ones
14. krishnarajkini - May 15, 2009 at 8:41 AM very inspiring presentation
15. bhanu - May 15, 2009 at 8:47 AM these are awesome. u guys really did great job.
- May 15, 2009 at 8:51 AM Check Out!!!
Saroj - May 15, 2009 at 9:09 AM Nice picture yaar I like, really its so sweet and its
beauty of nature also. I like
18. Prakash - May 15, 2009 at 9:11 AM hi
19. Bryan - May 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM Thank you for all of the great messages. I am glad that everyone is enjoying the list. I will shortly be
creating another castle list from some of your suggestions. Be sure to check it out.
20. j.mo - May
16, 2009 at 1:56 AM Beautiful photos! Very inspirational to see them, thank-you.
Dorseyland - May 16, 2009 at 7:54 AM Excellent choices, people. Thanks a lot for that.
Lillian - May 16, 2009 at 9:46 PM Wow... thank you so much for sharing such beauty with us all, Amazing photos
23. Cheryl Craig - May 17, 2009 at 3:57 AM Awesome collection and I am pleased to say I have
been to a few of these castles myself.
24. William Chin - May 17, 2009 at 8:08 AM Just awesome!!!
Never seen these pictures before. Thanks for the post.
25. Pierre Piguete - May 18, 2009 at 3:37
AM Thanks for the wonderful pictures and informative captions but please do have a proofreader review your text!
26. Hannibal - May 18, 2009 at 7:14 AM Amazing castles but I'm surprised that none of Edward
I's castles from North Wales made the cut. What about What about Caernarfon, Beaumaris, Conwy, Harlech, etc.?
Surely one of them was good enough.
27. Dan - May 18, 2009 at 7:51 AM You're kidding,
you missed Leeds and Windsor castle. The Japanese castle? are you further kidding?
28. Bryan - May
18, 2009 at 11:33 AM Thanks for all of the good feedback. There are literally hundreds of castles that
could have made the list and your opinions are valued.
29. Jeanette Marinos - May 18, 2009 at 4:34 PM Beautiful photos. Please add Brougham Castle in Cumbria.
30. No Name Included - May 18, 2009
at 8:35 PM I like how brief but informative the summaries are and great pics as well, but you can't possibly
leave out Windsor. It's the oldest continuously lived in castle in the world. Not to mention it's still lived in by
a real monarch who is the 23rd great grand daughter of the king who started building it. For that alone it should make the
31. flotsam - May 19, 2009 at 3:03 AM Wonderful castles undoubtedly but Alnwick and
Bamburgh in Northumberland are missing from this list!
32. Thomas Lunberg - July 22, 2009 at 5:38 AM Fina slott och burgar. Burg Katz Ã¤r fantastisk. Den vill jag kÃ¶pa !!! Yes
– December 18, 2011
Not the finest presentation, but good one, for some kind of a "beginning".
It has different
styles of castles and semi-castles.
The Osaka castle, if I remember right, reminds me that one of German castles is privately owned by a Japanese businessman or such.
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