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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Top 35 Fairytale Castles




















Christmas Competition: 3rd Place. Congratulations to Mathilda for this excellent list – she has won the third prize of a $25 iTunes music card.
According to Wikipedia, “A castle is a defensive structure seen as one of the main symbols of the Middle Ages. The term has a history of scholarly debate surrounding its exact meaning, but it is usually regarded as being distinct from the general terms fort or fortress in that it describes a building which serves as a residence of a medieaval monarch or noble and commands a specific territory.” I have chosen to use my own criteria for inclusion in this list, that being, if I were a princess in a fairytale,would I want to live there? As such, interior condition was not taken into consideration, exterior setting was very important, and any past gory history was ignored. I only included one per country so there are scores of equally beautiful castles which had to be excluded. (I did make an exception to the one per country rule for England, as I really, really want to live in one of the two shown.)












1. Baku’s Wedding PalaceAzerbaijan
Baku
2. Schloss AnifAustria
Anif
3. Mir CastleBelarus
Mir
4. GravensteenBelgium
Gravensteen
5. Summer PalaceChina
Summer
6. Castillo de San Pedro de la RocaCuba
Morro
7. Hluboka Nad VltavouCzech Republic
Hluboka
8. Kronborg CastleDenmark
Kronborg
9. Leeds CastleEngland
Leeds
10. Warwick CastleEngland
Warwick
11. Fasilides CastleEthiopia
Fasil
12. OlavinlinnaFinland
Olavinlinna
13. Chateau D’UsseFrance
Usse
14. Neuschwanstein CastleGermany
Neuschwanstein
15. Eszterháza PalaceHungary
Eszterhaza
16. Khas MahalIndia
Khasmahal
17. Falak-ol-aflak CastleIran
Falak







18. Kilkenny CastleIreland
Kilkenny
19. Bardi CastleItaly
Bardi
20. Himeji CastleJapan
Himeji
21. PetraJordan
Petra
22. Vaduz CastleLichtenstein
Vaduz
23. MuiderslotThe Netherlands
Muiderslot
24. Malbork CastlePoland
Malbork
25. Belem TowerPortugal
Belem
26. Hunedoara CastleRomania
Huneodora
27. Kazan KremlinRussia
Kazan
28. Eilean Donan CastleScotland
Eilanndonan
29. Alcazar of SegoviaSpain
Alcazar
30. Orebro CastleSweden
Orebro
31. Chillon CastleSwitzerland
Chillon
32. Krak Des ChevaliersSyria
Chevaliers
33. RumelihisarıTurkey
Yedikule
34. KamianetsUkraine
Kamianets
35. Boldt CastleUnited States
Boldt

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