The Most Beautiful Castles in the World
In complete controversy with my previous posts, I have chosen to name this one “Medieval Glory” with the more understandable subtitle “The Most Beautiful Castles in the World”. Why have I chosen to write on this topic? The reason is simple – Valentine’s Day is almost here, I am in a very, very romantic mood (who wouldn’t be after seeing all those “love posts” in other blogs), and I have been wondering how to spend the holiday with my boo.
While a trip to Europe, the capital of the medieval action, at least according to my history teacher that is, is out of the question, I can’t help but dream at least a little bit. So I have decided to treat myself to a virtual excursion all around the world, searching for those romantic, tragic, yet so beautiful monuments of an age of damsels in distress, brave knights and chevaliers; princesses and princes; kings and queens who spent fortunes to build the most beautiful castles in the world.
Having explained the reasons behind writing that post, I won’t keep you waiting any more:
Peles Castle, Romania
And off we go straight into the heart of Balkan history with the Neo-Renaissance Peles Castle in Romania. Hidden in deep forests in the Carpathian Mountains, this astonishing architectural miracle was built in the end of the 19th century. Not only is the view of the palace breathtaking, but it also hosts one of the finest art collections in Europe.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Most of you who are fascinated with medieval history and architecture must have seen pictures of the “castle of the fairy-tale king” Ludwig II. The wild nature surrounding the castle makes it a perfect refuge, which is the reason the shy king decided to build the Romanesque Revival castle up in the Bavarian mountains. Even the name of the palace is romantic and beautiful, as it literally means the “new swan stone”.
Matsumoto Caste, Japan
Leaving Europe, and its tragic history full of mythical creatures, we are heading to the “Crow Castle” in Japan. It is by far the most beautiful castles in the country, earning its name due to the entirely black exterior. Unlike most Japanese palaces, this one is built on a plane rather than high in the mountains.
Guaita Castle, San Marino
Just because I want to show that not only the big countries have rich history, and beautiful castles, I am returning to Europe and the small Republic of San Marino. Right above the capital, you can see the mythical Guaita Fortress. It has been guarding the city for almost 10 centuries, and its beauty still attracts hundreds of tourist every year. The pentagonal shape, the walls that seem to climb the slopes of the rock, on which the castle is built, are by far not the most interesting part of the building. The prisons of Guaita remain the main attractions.
While I love to admire these miracles of medieval architecture, I can help but wonder how big of team of cleaners in Kensington will it take for one of those to be thoroughly cleaned. I struggle with my two-bedroom house as it is, and I find it so challenging to keep things organised and running smoothly. No wonder the damsels in distress form the past suffered from melancholy and constant depression!
Hope you have enjoyed “my” castles, and stay tuned, as I might just as well continue the article later on!