Top 7 most fascinating castles in the world

Potala Palace has its own height of 170 meters, becoming the most spectacular building of Tibet. In 637, King Songtsen Gampo decided to build a palace on this hill, and the structure remained unchanged until the seventeenth century, when it was incorporated into the foundations of the grandiose buildings that we admire today.

Mont Saint-Michel is, in fact, a medieval castle built on a small island on the Norman coast, near Great Britain. Only a narrow causeway, built in 1880, assures the contact with the coast. Tourists who want to get on the island must now rush to cross the road, as there were few situations when the visitors were literally sweep the waves.

Predjamski Castle gained its fame because it is integrated into a cave, more specifically, in the second largest cave system in Slovenia. Translation of its name is more than eloquent: The Castle in front of the cave.

The Neuschwanstein Castle is the most popular of the three castles built in honor of Louis II of Bavaria.  Neuschwanstein was built in the middle of the Bavarian Alps of Germany‘s current territory. Construction was started in 1869, but abandoned after the king’s death in 1886. In a fantastical imitation of a medieval castle, Neuschwanstein is rather an embodiment of nineteenth-century Romanticism.

Matsumoto Castle, known locally under the name of Matsumotojo, the building that reflects the local culture so well, and is simultaneously one of the most beautiful castles in Japan. Matsumotojo successfully illustrates what is called “hirajiro”, a building on a plain, instead of a hill or mountain.

Castle of Huniazi, Romania. The first mention of the castle dates from 1443 and appears in a document signed by Iancu of Hunedoara which was kept untill now. The first heir to the castle, Iancu of Hunedoara, begins around 1440 for upgrading and expansion of the fortress, giving him an impressive first appearance of medieval house. Throughout its history, the castle had to have several owners, some of whom have tried to put his personal stamp on style.

Malbork Castle, in Poland, was built by the Teutonic Order in Prussia. The name was originally given the Order Marienburg, more precisely, Mary Castle. The town that developed around the building received the same name, but in 1945, returning in possession of Poland,  was named Malbork.

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  • Sabrina Hare

    Very beautiful photos. I would love to visit them all.

  • Анастасия

    I was surprised at how many castles we got to see in Poland, from large to very small, from ancient to new ones, each of them has different style and unique history .

    I think my favorite up to now has been Niemodlin Castle in Silesia – a star of the screen! In the movie “Jasminum” by Jan Jakub Kolski.The castle is a late-Renaissance building. To get there you have to go through the gate built in the second half of the eighteenth century and farm courtyard, from which a bridge decorated with stone statues of saints John of Nepomuk, John the Baptist, Anthony and Florian leads to the castle. Four-winged castle with a Renaissance courtyard in the middle and arcaded galleries impresses everyone. The beauty of Renaissance architecture reminds the Wawel castle in Cracow.

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