Through the ages of history there has been many important buildings that were planned and few of them still survives today. Constructed to serve the purpose of war or as a token of love, their exceptional and exclusive layout has astonished and fascinates the modern world. Glance through the names of top ten most fascinating historic castles in the world to have an idea about their individuality.
Top Ten Fascinating Castles in the World
1. Mont Saint-Michel
Le Mont-Saint-Michel or simply Mont Saint-Michel is situated on a quasi-island on the Normandy coast, near Brittany and during high tide it is completely separated from the main land. It was constructed in the 1880s with the motive of serving as a monastery. Featured in many cartoons and movies, the castle draws more than 4 million visitors annually.
2. The Potala Palace
The chief residence of many of the Dalai Lamas, the Potala Palace is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet and is the most fascinating historic castle in the world. Originally King Songtsen Gampo decided to build this palace on a hill and later Lozang Gyatso, the 5th Dalai Lama reconstructed it after it was destroyed by lightning and wars. It is famous for its grand buildings, complicated constructions, devotional atmosphere, splendid artworks etc. and still today all the chapels and their artifacts are very well preserved.
3. Matsumoto Castle
Built as a fortress during the war Takeda and Tokugawa clan ruled leyasu (1550), Matsummto Castle is located in the city of Matsumoto, Japan. Unlike few it is a flatland building and is one of Japan’s most complete, beautiful, finest and fascinating historic castles.
4. Hunyad Castle
Now located in Hunedoara, Romania, the Hunyad Castle is believed to be the place where Vlad III of Wallachia commonly known as “Dracula” was held captured for a span of 7 years. It is mainly designed in Gothic style with Renaissance architectural elements and is a relic of the Hunyadi dynasty. With the roll of time the masters of the castle had modified its look, adding towers, halls, guest rooms etc. and today it is considered as one of the most fascinating historic castles.
5. Malbork Castle
A classic example of a mediaval citadel, the Malbork Castle is the largest brick gothic fort ever constructed. It was built Prussia by the Teutonic Order as an Ordensburg. Malbork has been expended several times and its high, middle and lower castles are separated by multiple dry moats and towers. It can house as many as 3 thousand armed forces.
6. Palacio da Pena
The Palacio da Pena stands on a high hilltop above the town of Sintra and can be easily viewed from the side of Lisbon. Once a part of seven wonders of Portugal, the turret is now counted as the most romantic monuments in the world. With magnificent looks, the architecture was inspired from European Romanticism and in present date it has earned a named for being a most fascinating historic castle.
7. Prague Castle
According to Guinness book of record, the Prague Castle is the biggest ancient castle where Czech Crown Jewels are kept and is the place where the Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. It was built somewhere in the 9th century and still stands firm to its base.
8. Predjamski Castle
Predjamski Castle is unique in the sense that it has been built in the mouth of a cave by the Patriarch of Aquileia Slovenia. Though its original work stated in the 12th century, due to later additions and changes now it has a 16th century look and is believed that it belonged to Knight Erazem Lueger, renowned robber baron.
9. Neuschwanstein Castle
Designed on a rugged hill near Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Bavarian palace. Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as homage to Richard Wagner, the fort is one of the most fascinating historic castles and tourist destination in Germany.
10. Löwenburg Castle
The Lowenburg Castle has been nick named as the Disney of 18th century was ordered to be built by the Landgrave Wilhelm IX from Hessen Kassel. Regarded as the tenth most fascinating historic castles in the world, the neo gothic building stands on one end of the city of Kassel, Germany and is filled with fake Roman aquaducts, fake English Castle Ruins, fake Grecian temples, and even a fake Chinese Village.