most beautiful castles in Europe
If you are thinking where you would go next time, look at Europe, or rather — to the fabulous palaces and residences, many of which operate now. Lovers of romantic (or even mystical) adventures will surely appreciate our selection of ancient European castles that really deserve attention. So, for example, visiting one of the residences is inspired in the time of Peter Tchaikovsky on the creation of the work “Swan lake”, and other palaces and even served as a film set for the filming of cult films.
Chambord castle, France (XVI century)
Chambord (FR. Château de Chambord) — perhaps one of the most recognizable castles in France, which is considered an architectural masterpiece of the Renaissance. It was built by order of Francis I, who dreams of spending more time near his beloved lady — Countess Turi, who lives nearby. According to numerous historical studies, Leonardo da Vinci himself took part in the design of this masterpiece, so the building, which has 426 rooms, 77 stairs, 282 fireplaces and 800 decorated capitals, is really worthy of attention. Enjoy the castle, listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, at any time of the year, but in the autumn and winter it looks especially impressive. About 13 years ago, the castle, on the second floor of which is now a branch of the Museum of hunting and nature, has acquired the status of the state socio-commercial enterprise.
Alcázar castle, Spain (IX century)
During the years of its existence, the residence of the Spanish kings alcázar (Spanish Alcázar), located right on a rock in the historical part of the city of Segovia, managed to visit not only the Royal castle, but also the fortress, prison and even the artillery Academy. Back in 1953, the Alcazar, which was considered during the middle Ages the favorite residence of the kings of Castile, became a Museum where furniture, interiors, a collection of weapons and portraits of Spanish kings. Now it is one of the most visited places in Spain, and every tourist considers it his duty to bypass all 11 halls in the castle and climb the highest tower — the tower of Juan II.
Residence of Alhambra, Spain (XIII century)
This castle, which is a whole complex, was built about two centuries — from 1230 to 1492, during the reign of the dynasty of Narsis. The residence essentially consists of two picturesque courtyards connected by a passage and surrounded by palaces, churches, gardens and residential buildings. You can wander around the complex for a long time, which is considered a real miracle of the world, and look at the decorative elements, paintings, architectural delights and an abundance of Muslim motifs, harmoniously blended into the overall atmosphere of the grandiose building. Continue reading