The ancient castles overgrown with ivy amaze with their grandeur and make an unforgettable impression. Such historical buildings are in many European countries. Among them - the oldest and most original.

Castle of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, FranceCastle of Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, France

The most interesting castles in Europe

Ancient castles amaze with their beauty, grandeur and practicality. They were built not only to demonstrate the wealth of its owner, but also as fortifications. Even with a long siege of castles, life did not stop there. Almost every architectural monument became a part of local legends, for some the glory of an unusual place, inhabited by ghosts, was entrenched.
Germany is proud of the castle of Reichsburg with a thousand-year history. At one time, this was the residence of King Conrad III. At the end of the seventeenth century it was almost completely destroyed, but in the nineteenth it was restored by a local businessman.
Germany's oldest castle Reichsburg stands on a high hillGermany's oldest castle Reichsburg stands on a high hill
The Austrian castle Hochosterwitz, towering a hundred and sixty meters above the terrain, as if vigilantly watching its possessions today. It belongs to the ninth century.This medieval building looks great from a distance of thirty kilometers.
The oldest castle Hochosterwitz has been decorated with a green hill for over a thousand years.The oldest castle Hochosterwitz has been decorated with a green hill for over a thousand years.
Above Lake Bled on the one hundred meter cliff looms like Bled Castle. From the windows of this historic Slovenian building offers a magnificent view. It is known that the castle at one time was the residence of Josip Broz Tito, and even earlier - the residence of the royal dynasty.
The windows of the Bled Castle offer a gorgeous view of the lake.The windows of the Bled Castle offer a gorgeous view of the lake.
Castle Hohenschwangau is located in Germany. It was built by the knights in the twelfth century. He served as the residence of several rulers, including Louis II. In this castle was the famous composer Richard Wagner.

The most original locks

A visit to the castles is always impressive. It seems that you got into a fairy tale or starred in a movie about knights and beautiful princesses. There are completely original locks, unlike those that we used to see in films or illustrations of books.
Predjama Castle can not be called anything other than non-standard and unique. It is literally carved out of the rock.The left wing was carved out at the beginning of the twelfth century, the right and middle parts were completed in the sixteenth. In the late twentieth century, the castle was restored, returning its original appearance.
Amazing Predjama Castle in a cave in SloveniaAmazing Predjama Castle in a cave in Slovenia
Who has not heard of the Swallow Nest? This castle is the pearl and the visiting card of Crimea. It towers on the Aurora Rock, on which huge waves break. His romanticism, mystery and at the same time, grace contributed to the fact that several feature films were shot in the castle.
Swallow's Nest Castle - the most beautiful place on the Black Sea coastSwallow's Nest Castle - the most beautiful place on the Black Sea coast
Near the coast of Normandy is the artificial island of Mont Saint-Michel, which is built on a medieval French castle. Its peculiarity is that it is a functioning monastery.

Oldest castles

Castles began to be built in Europe from the tenth century. All of them are similar in layout, as they are fortifications. Usually castles were surrounded by a moat, which was filled with water.
One of the oldest buildings is considered the huge Dover Castle. Some of its buildings appeared about two thousand years ago - these are two lighthouses, although only one has survived to this day.Already in the tenth century, a church was attached to the lighthouse, and in the eleventh century, the main tower was built nearby, and all buildings were surrounded by a defensive wall.
English Dover zamor striking concise formsEnglish Dover zamor striking concise forms
Another ancient castle is located in the Czech Republic. Speech about Prague Castle. It is known that his first tower was built already in the 879th year. Impressive is not only age, but also a huge area of ​​the castle.
Prague Castle today attracts tourists from all over EuropePrague Castle today attracts tourists from all over Europe
Kisimul is the name of the castle built on an island near Barra in the eleventh century. As confirmed by archaeological excavations, the first structure was destroyed. Again it was rebuilt in the fifteenth century. In the castle there is a source of fresh water, and this is very important during the siege. Kisimul was never captured, which made him unique in his own way.
Kisimul - a castle that was never captured by the enemyKisimul - a castle that was never captured by the enemy

The most unusual castle in the world

The most unusual, one might say fabulous, is Neuschwanstein Castle. It is also called a castle in the clouds. In Germany - this is one of the most interesting attractions. The name translates as "New Swan Cliff".
Neuschwanstein Castle has a fabulous appearanceNeuschwanstein Castle has a fabulous appearance
Construction was carried out in the nineteenth century. It is known that when creating a cartoon about a sleeping beauty, the world-famous animator Disney created the castle of the main character of the cartoon resembling Neuschwanstein Castle. The similarity is striking.
Monarchs often prefer to live not in castles, but in palaces. The royal palace in Stockholm was built for almost 57 years. The site uznayvse.ru there is an article with interesting facts about the largest palaces in the world. The editorship of uznayvse.ru in the continuation of the theme of surprisingly unusual sights, invites you to get acquainted with, from which it is breathtaking.

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