Friday, August 10, 2012

Marvelous Castles and Palaces of the World

Alhambra palace
Alhambra palace structure was started after the Reconquista, the reconquering of Spain performed by the Christian kings, started. This adds to its aura. While the illiterate Christians were advancing, Spain reached its highest cultural level ever, but under the Muslim rulers. The slender structure of Alhambra, the breathtaking details, the celebration of life, the mixture of nature in men’s design, all underline what tragedy the return of Christianity in Spain was to be for centuries to come.

Castles and palaces tell the story of human beings, their history, culture, tradition and lifestyle.  Let’s take a look at Mysterious castles and palaces around the world.
Bodiam Castle
Bodiam Castle is a quadrangular castle located in East Sussex, England This castle was built in the late 14th century by a veteran of King Edward III’s wars with France.
Castle of Coca
Castle of Coca was built in the 15th century for Archbishop Alonso de Fonseca I. It was onsidered as one of the best castles in Spain. The castle is a turreted structure of plaster and red brick, surrounded by a deep moat. Castle of Coca has been more of a palace than a castle.
Eltz Castle
Eltz Castle is a medieval castle stands in the hills above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. This castle was still owned by a branch of the same family(33 generations) that lived there in the 12th century.
Hunyad Castle
Hunyad Castle was originally built as a fortress in 1212. Many believed that this castle is exactly the place where Dracula was held as a prisoner for 7 years after he was overthrown in 1462. The castle is situated in Hunedoara , Romania.
Isola di Loreto
Isola di Loreto with neogothic castle arround year 900 This castle was built on island L’isola di Loreto, the smallest island of the lake. This was located on the north side of Montisola, Italy.
Löwenburg Castle
Löwenburg Castle was built around 1800 as a country residence for Count Wilhelm IX. This castle was intentionally designed to look like a medieval castle.
Malbork Castle
The Malbork Castle’s construction began in 1275, along the river Nogat. This castle was made from red brick and became the world’s largest brick gothic castle. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1997. Today, it is well-preserved medieval gothic castle and a museum.
Matsumoto Castle
Matsumoto Castle is one of the 4 castles in Japan to be listed as national treasures. Next to Himeji-jo, Matsumoto-jo, this was the next best existing castle donjon in Japan. Built by Ishikawa Kazumasa and his son Yasunaga in 1590.
Mont Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel is is a rocky tidal island located on the border between Normandy and Brittany. This majestic castle is one of the first sites to obtain UNESCO World Heritage listing.
Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Bavarian palace on a rocky hill near Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The design of this castle is well in its decorated; from the the round arched portals, the arcade windows and towers to the the placement of columns and its bay windows and pinnacles.
Palacio da Pena
Palacio da Pena is one of Europe’s most magnificent palace. The palace was built on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, Portugal.
Prague Castle
Prague Castle is Prague’s premier tourist attraction. It was largest medieval castle complex in Europe and the ancient seat of Czech kings throughout the ages.
Predjamski Castle
Predjamski Castle Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth in southwestern Slovenia. It is located approximately 11 kilometres from Postojna.
The Potala Palace
The Potala Palace is located on the Red Hill of Lhasa, Tibet. It was riginally built by King Songtsen Gampo in the 17th century. The Potala Palace was the main residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama escaped to Dharamsala, India.

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