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Author Topic: Favourite Castles in the world ??  (Read 15825 times)
Hurricane Annie
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« on: June 08, 2014, 12:00:24 am »

So who has visited  castles and who would like to visit castles? Which castles would you like to visit , stay at  or even live in  ?

 I have only read about these places  and may one day like to build my own  after visiting them for ideas and inspiration


 Castle Eltz is my favourite . It reminds me of the one in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang



 Though these others are quite fascinating and intriguing.  It makes one wonder who lived in them and how they lived.


 Clifford's Tower,  York
 


 Neidpath , Scotland



 Bolton castle, Yorkshire



Malahide Castle , Ireland  [ always makes me think a mad woman lives in there]
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2014, 05:59:34 am »

Apparently I am partial to German castles:

Neuschwanstein Castle

Wernigerode Castle

Hohenzollern

And ok, English:

Highclere Castle! aka Downton Abbey

Ordered in marginally-descending preference.
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2014, 12:42:06 pm »

Where I live. After all, An Englishman's home is his castle, is it not? Grin

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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2014, 03:07:36 pm »

Norwich Castle, the Borg Cube among the castles.
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2014, 04:45:00 pm »

Castle Drogo in Devon.  The last castle built in Britain (1910-30), designed by Edwin Lutyens and hewn out of granite. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2014, 05:23:51 pm »

Unless the Tower of London Counts, I guess the only castle I've been in was Sforza castle in Italy. Unless the Porte counts (in Istanbul not Constantinople, been a long time gone...where was I?...Wink
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2014, 05:30:43 pm »

Fortress at Alamut
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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2014, 07:07:22 pm »

In the Netherlands, I am partial to Kasteel de Haar, home of the annual Elf Fantasy Fair.. couldn't imagine a more suitable location, really:



For interesting architecture, I also like Himeji castle, in Japan.



If we include castels whose purpose wasn't necessarily to be a military object, I'd also include Versailles and Mont St. Michel in the list..

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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2014, 08:18:02 pm »

One season when I was doing archaeology I lived in this castle. Well. in the moat. In a tool shed just by the lower tower. Good times.
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2014, 08:24:34 pm »

One season when I was doing archaeology I lived in this castle. Well. in the moat. In a tool shed just by the lower tower. Good times.



Where is that castle located? Was there any skeletons and  war weapons?
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« Reply #10 on: June 08, 2014, 11:13:01 pm »

Flint Castle, North Wales. Part of a chain built by Edward I to subdue the Welsh. No skeletons in that one, but more than enough other places I dug. One pretty exciting trench collapse which could have killed one of the diggers, (me) but didn't.
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« Reply #11 on: June 08, 2014, 11:38:02 pm »

Some really lovely pictures already. I love castles, both real ones and fake ones. I have visited Chirk Castle, Dinas Bran and Caergwrle Castle - all in North Wales and I've visited Beeston Castle in Cheshire. I would love to live in a castle. Castles being so big and sometimes remote, it might be fun to share it with one or two other families but they would have to be like minded people. It would feel a bit like surviving the apocalypse.
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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2014, 03:52:25 am »

Well if castles are not confined to the modern era, then I have this.  Not a castle but a whole fortified town:

Carcassone.  I was there circa 1981


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Occupied since the Neolithic, Carcassonne is located in the Aude plain between two great axis of circulation linking the Atlantic to the Mediterranean sea and the Massif Central to the Pyrénées. Its strategical importance was quickly recognised by the Romans who occupied its hilltop until the demise of their western empire and was later taken over by the Visigoths in the fifth century who founded the city. Also thriving as a trading post due to its location, it saw many rulers who successively built up its fortifications up until its military significance was greatly reduced by the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659.

The city is famous for the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853 and added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997.



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And you probably knew I was going to mention it, as I'm obliged to vote for the home team, but Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City is the closest we get to a real castle (not imported stone by stone or built for wealthy people) in North America:

Chapultepec Castle



Originally the Spanish Viceroy's residence in 1775, it became the Mexican Military Academy in 1833.  It was taken by US Marines in 1847 during the Mexican American War, and by the French in 1864.  Under the protection of the French,  Austrian Prince Maximilian Ferdinand was crowned Emperor of Mexico and rennovated the Castle -along with various parts of Mexico City.  Chapultepec castle became his seat of power, until he was executed in 1867.  Thereafter, it became the residence of several presidents until 1939, when it was converted into a national museum.
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« Reply #13 on: June 09, 2014, 12:11:06 pm »

Mr Wilhelm  That castle looks grander than the sky scrapers in the background
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« Reply #14 on: June 09, 2014, 12:13:45 pm »

Some really lovely pictures already. I love castles, both real ones and fake ones. I have visited Chirk Castle, Dinas Bran and Caergwrle Castle - all in North Wales and I've visited Beeston Castle in Cheshire. I would love to live in a castle. Castles being so big and sometimes remote, it might be fun to share it with one or two other families but they would have to be like minded people. It would feel a bit like surviving the apocalypse.

 some of the castles in England  Whales, Scotland and Ireland  that are still lived in have that  WW2 bunker sort of interior.
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« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2014, 02:32:13 pm »

In case no one has mentioned it already Neuschwanstein is the castle that was actually used for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  I went there as a child, It's amazing but I don't think I could manage the steep climb up to it nowadays.
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« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2014, 05:59:26 pm »

Cardiff Castle
Castell Coch
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(Both the interiors of Castle Coch & Cardiff Castle were remodeled by William Burgess)
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« Reply #17 on: June 09, 2014, 10:45:16 pm »

In case no one has mentioned it already Neuschwanstein is the castle that was actually used for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  I went there as a child, It's amazing but I don't think I could manage the steep climb up to it nowadays.



 Thank you for that trip down nostalgia lane. It is  beautiful...

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« Reply #18 on: June 09, 2014, 10:55:45 pm »

 An individual above name dropped Mont St Michel castle . I have long   wished for a   stay at the resort.....


an exceptionally  steampunk place
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Saint-Michel



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« Reply #19 on: June 10, 2014, 01:07:46 am »

I have always liked this 15th-century castle from 80 kilometers north from my home.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olavinlinna
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Olavinlinna#mediaviewer/File:Savonlinna_hein%C3%A4kuu_2002_IMG_1635.JPG
http://yourattractions.com/category/europe/finland/st-olafs-castle-olavinlinna/
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« Reply #20 on: June 10, 2014, 04:29:19 am »

An individual above name dropped Mont St Michel castle . I have long   wished for a   stay at the resort.....


an exceptionally  steampunk place
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Saint-Michel






How lovely! I can see why.
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« Reply #21 on: June 10, 2014, 09:09:48 am »



 you are just showing off , having a castle like that in your back yard   Wink

 It looks pretty groovy,  have you visited ?
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« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2014, 11:10:16 am »

Apparently England had many more wonderful castles but the English Civil War put pay to many of them.

Some of them looked really rather splendid. (not that much remains to get a proper idea of their original grandeur).
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« Reply #23 on: June 10, 2014, 11:30:52 am »

Mr Wilhelm  That castle looks grander than the sky scrapers in the background


I does, doesn't it?  And they picked a relatively clear day too.  Since I left in the late 80s, they've cleaned the air quite a bit, from what I understand, now the "dirty-air" title goes to Shanghai, I'm afraid.

An individual above name dropped Mont St Michel castle . I have long   wished for a   stay at the resort.....


an exceptionally  steampunk place
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Saint-Michel






The Germans have the most unique castles, but French have the coolest large size fortifications...
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2014, 01:31:03 pm »

This one is in Harvard, IL.  Friends of mine built it as a Bed and Breakfast.  Haven't been there since it was completed, but a really nice place.



http://www.ravenstonecastle.com/



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