In medieval times, castles were built as homes and fortress of a noble and monarch. Did you know that the earliest castles were built from wood? By the 12th century, the majority of castles were built from stone. On this time, these structures serve as fortified and defensible homes of a member of the feudal nobility. Castles could supervise the surrounding territory and make sure it sees advances of any invasion attempts.
Here I have compiled some of the most majestic castles in the world. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Mont-Saint-Michel 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 is a 19th-century Bavarian palace on a rocky hill in Bavaria, Germany. The design of this castle is well in its decorated; from the round arched portals, the arcade windows and towers to the placement of columns and its bay windows and pinnacles.
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.
Castle of Coca was built in the 15th century for Archbishop Alonso de Fonseca I. It was considered as one of the best castles in Spain. The castle is a turreted structure of plaster and red brick, surrounded by a deep moat.
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.
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. Today, it is well-preserved medieval gothic castle and a museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Author Ahsan Mukhtar