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Alcazar Castle, Segovia, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Alcazar Castle

Segovia

Spain

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Pena Palace

Sintra

Portugal

The Peacock Room, Castello di Sammezzano, Reggello, Tuscany, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Peacock Room

Castello di Sammezzano

Reggello

Tuscany

Italy

Mardan Palace, Antalya, Turkey - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Mardan Palace

Antalya

Turkey

Lickleyhead Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Lickleyhead Castle

Aberdeenshire

Scotland

Balmoral Castle, Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Balmoral Castle

Royal Deeside

Aberdeenshire

Scotland

Krak des Chevaliers (or Crac des Chevaliers), Crusader Castle, Syria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Krak des Chevaliers (or Crac Des Chevaliers)

CRUSADER CASTLE

Syria

Cascais Citadel, Cascais, Portugal - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Cascais Citadel

Cascais

Portugal

Castello Barletta, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello Barletta,

Barletta-Andria-Trani

Italy

Castello Barletta, Barletta-Andria-Trani, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello Barletta,

Barletta-Andria-Trani

Italy

Château de Langeais, Indre-et-Loire, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Langeais

(a medieval castle rebuilt as a château)

Indre-et-Loire

France

Byblos Castle, Crusader Castle, Byblos, Lebanon - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Byblos Castle

CRUSADER CASTLE

Byblos

Lebanon

Mohabbat Maqbara Palace (Mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai) Junagadh, India - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Mohabbat Maqbara Palace

(Mausoleum of Bahaduddinbhai Hasainbhai)

Junagadh

India

Château de Sceaux, Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Sceaux

Sceaux

Hauts-de-Seine

France

Kyrenia Castle, Kyrenia, Cyprus - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kyrenia Castle

Kyrenia

(a 16th-century castle built by Venetians on an earlier CRUSADER CASTLE)

Cyprus

Krak des Chevaliers (or Crac des Chevaliers), Crusader Castle, Syria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Krak Des Chevaliers (or Crac Des Chevaliers)

CRUSADER CASTLE

Syria

Culzean Castle, near Maybole, Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Culzean Castle

near Maybole

Carrick

Ayrshire

Scotland

Matsumoto Castle, ("Crow Castle"), Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture near Tokyo. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Matsumoto Castle, ("Crow Castle")

Matsumoto,

Nagano Prefecture near Tokyo

Japan

The Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg, Russia  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Winter Palace

Saint Petersburg

Russia

Ajloun Castle, a Crusader Castle built atop Jabal Auf, near Ajloun, in northern Jordan - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Ajloun Castle

CRUSADER CASTLE

built atop Jabal Auf

near Ajloun

northern Jordan

Kolossi Castle, Cyprus - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kolossi Castle

CRUSADER CASTLE

west of Limassol

Cyprus

Sidon Sea Castle, Crusader Castle, Sidon, Lebanon - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Sidon Sea Castle

CRUSADER CASTLE

Sidon

Lebanon.

Paphos Castle, Paphos harbour, Cyprus. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Paphos Castle

Paphos harbour.

(Built as a Byzantine fort, rebuilt as a CRUSADER CASTLE)

Cyprus

Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schwerin Castle

city of Schwerin

Germany

Sited on an island in the city's main lake, the Schweriner See

Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames, Greater London - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Hampton Court Palace

Richmond upon Thames

Greater London

Dover Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dover Castle

Kent

England

Dover Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dover Castle

Kent

England

Dover Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dover Castle

Kent

England

Dover Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dover Castle

Kent

England

Dover Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dover Castle

Kent

England

Dover Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dover Castle

Kent

England

Dover Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Keep

Dover Castle

Kent

England

Schloss Drachenburg (Drachenburg Castle), Königswinter, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Drachenburg (Drachenburg Castle)

Königswinter

on the Rhine near Bonn

Germany

The Gravensteen ("castle of the count"), Sint-Veerleplein, Gent, Belgium - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Gravensteen

"castle of the count"

Sint-Veerleplein

Gent

Belgium

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, Marienburg (Mary's Castle), Poland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork,

Marienburg (Mary's Castle)

Poland

 

This is the largest castle in the world by surface area,

and the largest brick building in Europe.

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, Marienburg (Mary's Castle), Poland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork,

Marienburg (Mary's Castle)

Poland

 

This is the largest castle in the world by surface area,

and the largest brick building in Europe.

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork, Marienburg (Mary's Castle), Poland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle of the Teutonic Order in Malbork,

Marienburg (Mary's Castle)

Poland

 

This is the largest castle in the world by surface area,

and the largest brick building in Europe.

Burg Eltz, located above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Eltz

located above the Moselle River

between Koblenz and Trier

Germany

Burg Eltz, located above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Eltz

located above the Moselle River

between Koblenz and Trier

Germany

Ceiling, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Ceiling

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff

Wales

Trakai Island Castle, in Trakai, Lithuania on an island in Lake Galve, Lithuania - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trakai Island Castle

Trakai

on an island in Lake Galve

Lithuania

 

The castle is sometimes referred to as "Little Marienburg".

Olavinlinna (St. Olaf's Castle) in Savonlinna, Finland. It is the northernmost medieval stone fortress in Europe still standing - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Olavinlinna (St. Olaf's Castle)

Savonlinna

Finland.

 

This is said to be the northernmost medieval stone fortress in Europe still standing

Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schwerin Castle

city of Schwerin

Germany

Sited on an island in the city's main lake, the Schweriner See

Hohenwerfen Castle, above the Salzach Valley, Austria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Hohenwerfen Castle

above the Salzach Valley

Austria

Château de Chillon, on the shore of Lake Geneva, Commune of Veytaux, Near Montreux, Switzerland. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland

 

The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the commune of Veytaux, at the eastern end of the lake, 3 km from Montreux

 

The first written record of the castle date to 1160. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy.

 

The Château de Chillon was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

 

The castle is also one of the settings in Henry James's novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Donjon de Vez (or château de Vez), Commune Vez, Département Oise, Picardie, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Donjon de Vez, Oise, Picardy, France

 

The Donjon (keep) is part of the Château de Vez.

 

 

Aljaferia, Zaragoza, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Aljaferia

Zaragoza

Spain

 

The Aljafería Palace is a fortified medieval Islamic palace

in the Moorish taifa of Zaragoza of Al-Andalus

Bouzov Castle, located between the village of Hvozdek and the town of Bouzov, west of Litovel, Moravia, Czech Republic.  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bouzov Castle,

located between the village of Hvozdek

and the town of Bouzov

west of Litovel

Moravia

Czech Republic

Alila Fort Bishangarh, near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Alila Fort Bishangarh

near Jaipur

Rajasthan

India

Bahla Fort, situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands, Oman  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bahla Fort

situated at the foot of the Djebel Akhdar highlands

Oman

Caerlaverock Castle, on the southern coast of Scotland, 11 kilometres south of Dumfries, on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Caerlaverock Castle

on the southern coast of Scotland

11 kilometres south of Dumfries

on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve.

Bratislavsky hrad (Bratislava Castle), Bratislava, Slovakia. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bratislavsky hrad (Bratislava Castle)

Bratislava

Slovakia

 

Leeds Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Leeds Castle

Kent

England

Leeds Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Leeds Castle

Kent

England

Castel Sant Angelo (The Mausoleum of Hadrian), Parco Adriano, Rome, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castel Sant Angelo (The Mausoleum of Hadrian)

Parco Adriano

Rome

Italy

Leeds Castle, Kent, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Leeds Castle

Kent

England

Fort Bourtange, in the village of Bourtange, Groningen, Netherlands.  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Fort Bourtange

in the village of Bourtange

Groningen

Netherlands.

 

It was built in 1593 on the orders of William the Silent.

The Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, Maine-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Brissac

Brissac-Quincé

Maine-et-Loire

France

Castel del Monte, Andria, Apulia region, Southeast Italy. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castel del Monte

Andria

Apulia region

Italy

Schloss Moritzburg (Moritzburg Castle), Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Moritzburg (Castle Moritzburg)

Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany

 

Moritzburg Castle is a Baroque palace in Moritzburg, in the German state of Saxony, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) northwest of Dresden.

 

The castle is named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, who had a hunting lodge built here between 1542 and 1546.

Gammel Estrup (Gammel Estrup Manor), east of Randers City, Denmark - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Gammel Estrup (Gammel Estrup Manor)

east of Randers City

Denmark

 

Gammel Estrup Manor was built in 1490, but excavations have revealed evidence of earlier constructions also mentioned in texts under the name Essendrup dating back to 1340.

 

From 1930 the manor has served as a museum, showing the development of Danish nobility.

Schloss Glücksburg (Lyksborg Slot or Glücksburg Castle), Glücksburg, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Glücksburg

(Lyksborg Slot or Glücksburg Castle)

Glücksburg

Germany

 

Glücksburg Castle is one of the most important Renaissance castles in northern Europe.

 

It is the seat of the House of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg and was also used by the Danish kings.

 

Situated on the Flensburg Fjord the castle is now a museum owned by a foundation.

Kasteel van Laarne (Laarne Castle), Laarne, East Flanders, Belgium. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kasteel van Laarne (Laarne Castle)

Laarne

East Flanders

Belgium

Manjarabad Fort, just outside of Sakleshpura, on National Highway 48, Hassan District, Karnataka, India - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Manjarabad Fort

just outside of Sakleshpura

on National Highway 48

Hassan District

Karnataka

India

 

The fort is reputed to have been constructed by Tippu Sultan, ruler of Mysore.

Traku salos pilis (Trakai Island Castle), an island castle located in Trakai, Lithuania on an island in Lake Galve. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Traku salos pilis (Trakai Island Castle)

located in Trakai

Lithuania

on an island in Lake Galve.

 

The castle is sometimes referred to as "Little Marienburg".

Akashi Castle, Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Akashi Castle

Akashi

Hyogo Prefecture

Japan

The Alcázar of Segovia (Segovia Castle), Segovia, Spain. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Alcázar of Segovia (Segovia Castle)

Segovia

Spain

The Aljafería Palace, Zaragoza, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Aljafería Palace

Zaragoza

Spain

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, England. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Alnwick Castle

Northumberland

England

 

Alnwick Castle is the seat of the Duke of Northumberland,

   
Altena Castle, Altena, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Altena Castle

Altena

Germany

Amer Fort, Amer, Rajasthan, India. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Amer Fort

Amer

Rajasthan

India

Amer Fort, Amer, Rajasthan, India. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Amer Fort

Amer

Rajasthan

India

Kasteel Ammersoyen, Kasteellaan, Ammerzoden, Netherlands - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kasteel Ammersoyen

Kasteellaan

Ammerzoden

Netherlands

Castle of Ampudia, Palencia, Castile and León, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle of Ampudia

Palencia

Castile and León

Spain

Arg-e-Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, Iran. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Arg-e-Bam (Bam Citadel)

Bam

Kerman Province

Iran

Château de Azay-le-Rideau, Azay-le-Rideau, Chinon, Indre-et-Loire, Centre, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Azay-le-Rideau

Azay-le-Rideau

Chinon

Indre-et-Loire,

Centre

France

Azuchi Castle, on the shores of Lake Biwa, Omi Province, Japan - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Azuchi Castle

[reconstruction of the keep]

on the shores of Lake Biwa

Omi Province

Japan

Baba Vida, Vidin, Bulgaria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Baba Vida

Vidin

Bulgaria

The Castle of Bardi (or Landi), Upper Ceno Valley, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Castle of Bardi (or Landi)

Upper Ceno Valley

Parma

Emilia-Romagna

Italy

Beersel Castle, Beersel, Flemish Brabant, Belgium. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Beersel Castle

Beersel

Flemish Brabant

Belgium

Fort de Bellegarde, Le Perthus, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Fort de Bellegarde

Le Perthus

Pyrénées-Orientales

France

Bellver Castle. northwest of Palma, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bellver Castle

Northwest of Palma

Majorca

Balearic Islands

Spain

Château de Belœil, Belœil, Hainaut, Belgium. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Belœil

Belœil

Hainaut

Belgium

hâteau de Blandy-les-Tours, Blandy-les-Tours, Seine-et-Marne, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Blandy-les-Tours

Blandy-les-Tours

Seine-et-Marne

France

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bodiam Castle

East Sussex

England

Bodiam Castle, East Sussex, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bodiam Castle

East Sussex

England

Castle of Guadamur, Province of Toledo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle of Guadamur
Province of Toledo
Castile-La Mancha
Spain

Château d'Angers, Angers, Loire Valley, Maine-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château d'Angers

Angers

Loire Valley

Maine-et-Loire

France

Schloss Braunfels, Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Gießen, Hesse, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Braunfels,
Lahn-Dill-Kreis
Gießen
Hesse
Germany

Carondelet Castle near the village of Crupet, north of the city of Dinant, in the province of Namur, in the Wallonia region in Belgium. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Carondelet Castle
near the village of Crupet
north of the city of Dinant
Province of Namur, in the
Wallonia region
Belgium.

Kasteel de Haar (Castle De Haar), near Haarzuilens, Province of Utrecht, Netherlands - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kasteel de Haar (Castle De Haar)

near Haarzuilens

Province of Utrecht

Netherlands

Castle de Chillon, Veytaux, Switzerland. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland

 

The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the commune of Veytaux, at the eastern end of the lake, 3 km from Montreux

 

The first written record of the castle date to 1160. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy.

 

The Château de Chillo was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

 

The castle is also one of the settings in Henry James's novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Château de Vufflens (Vufflens Castle), Vufflens-le-Château Vaud, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Vufflens (Vufflens Castle)

Vufflens-le-Château

Vaud

Switzerland

Bojnický Zámok (Bojnice Castle), Bojnice, Slovak Republic - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bojnický Zámok (Bojnice Castle)

Bojnice

Slovak Republic

Roofs of Bran Castle, near Brasov, Romania - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Roofs of Bran Castle

near Brasov

Romania.

Buerg Veianen (Vianden Castle), Vianden, Luxembourg. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Vianden castle, Montée du Château, 9422 Vianden, Luxembourg

 

With origins dating from the 10th century, the castle was built in the Romanesque style from the 11th to 14th centuries.

 

Gothic extensions were added at the end of this period. A Renaissance mansion was added in the 17th century. Thereafter the castle was allowed to fall into ruin. It has, recently been restored and is open to visitors.

Schloß Naudersberg (Naudersberg Castle), Nauders, Tirol, Austria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloß Naudersberg (Naudersberg Castle)

Nauders

Tirol

Austria

Drum Castle, near Drumoak, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Drum Castle

near Drumoak

Aberdeenshire

Scotland

 

 

For centuries Drum Castle was the seat

of the chief of Clan Irvine

Château de Ratilly, Treigny, Yonne, Bourgogne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Ratilly

Treigny

Yonne

Bourgogne

France

Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi in the Syrian Desert. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi

in the Syrian Desert.

Château de Suse (Shush Castle), Susa (Shush), Khuzestan Province, Iran - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Suse (Shush Castle)

Susa (Shush)

Khuzestan Province

Iran

 

[constructed by French archaeologist
Jean-Marie Jacques de Morgan in the late 1890s]

Château de Suscinio {or de Susinio), Sarzeau, Morbihan, Brittany, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Suscinio (or de Susinio)

Sarzeau

Morbihan

Brittany

France

 

Built in the late Middle Ages
as the residence of the Dukes of Brittany.

Tizourgane, Chtouka Aït Baha, Souss-Massa-Drâa, Morocco - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Tizourgane

Chtouka Aït Baha

Souss-Massa-Drâa

Morocco

Trakošcan Castle, Varaždin County, Northern Croatia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trakošcan Castle

Varaždin County

Northern Croatia

Hawa Mahal Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan State, India - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Hawa Mahal (Hawa Palace)

Jaipur

Rajasthan

India

Hohenzollern Castle, c 50 kilometers south of Stuttgart, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Hohenzollern, 72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany

 

Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, who became German Emperors

 

A castle was first constructed here in the early 11th century. The present castle was constructed for King Frederick William IV of Prussia between 1846 and 1867. The design was based on English Gothic Revival architecture and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley.

 

In 1945 it became home to the former Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, son of the last Hohenzollern monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is buried there with his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie

Hohenzollern Castle, c 50 kilometers south of Stuttgart, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Hohenzollern, 72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany

 

Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, who became German Emperors

 

A castle was first constructed here in the early 11th century. The present castle was constructed for King Frederick William IV of Prussia between 1846 and 1867. The design was based on English Gothic Revival architecture and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley.

 

In 1945 it became home to the former Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, son of the last Hohenzollern monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is buried there with his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie

Burg Kriebstein (Kriebstein Castle), Kriebstein, near Waldheim, Saxony, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Kriebstein (Kriebstein Castle)

Kriebstein

near Waldheim

Saxony

Germany

Parterre, The Château de Villandry, Villandry, Indre-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Parterre

The Château de Villandry

Villandry

Indre-et-Loire

France.

The Château d'Ussé, Rigny-Ussé, Indre-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château d'Ussé

Rigny-Ussé

Indre-et-Loire

France

Falak-ol-Aflak Castle, within the city of Khorramabad, Lorestan Province, Iran. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Falak-ol-Aflak Castle

within the city of Khorramabad

Lorestan Province

Iran.

Khiva City Walls, Xorazm Province, Uzbekistan. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Khiva City Walls

Xorazm Province

Uzbekistan.

Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqiin the middle of the Syrian Desert.

Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqiin the middle of the Syrian Desert. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com
Burg Vischering (Vischering Castle), Lüdinghausen, North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Vischering (Vischering Castle)

Lüdinghausen

North Rhine-Westfalia

Germany.

Castle Stalker, on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe, Scotland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle Stalker

on a tidal islet on Loch Laich, an inlet off Loch Linnhe

Scotland

Spøttrup Borg, Spøttrup, Denmark - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Spøttrup Borg

Spøttrup

Denmark

Rocca Sanvitale (Sanvitale Castle), Fontanellato, near Parma, Italy. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Rocca Sanvitale (Sanvitale Castle)

Fontanellato

near Parma

Italy

Mont Saint-Michel, located one kilometre off France's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches, Normandy, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Mont Saint-Michel

located one kilometre

off France's northwestern coast

at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches

Normandy

France

Traku salos pilis (Trakai Island Castle) in Trakai, Lithuania on an island in Lake Galve. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Traku salos pilis (Trakai Island Castle)

Trakai

Lithuania

(on an island in Lake Galve)

Château de Sully-sur-Loire, Sully-sur-Loire, Loiret, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Sully-sur-Loire

Sully-sur-Loire

Loiret

France.

Grand Staircase, Buckingham Palace, London, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Grand Staircase

Buckingham Palace

London

England

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Pena Palace

Sintra

Portugal

 

Pena Palace, Sintra, Portugal

Torre de Belém (Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent), Santa Maria de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Torre de Belém (Belém Tower or the Tower of St Vincent)

Santa Maria de Belém

Lisbon

Portugal

Coca Castle, Coca, Segovia, Castile-Leon, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Coca Castle

Coca

Segovia

Castile-Leon

Spain

The Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, Prudhomat, Lot, Quercy, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux

Prudhomat

Lot

Quercy

France

Spectacular roof, Castello di Sammezzano in Reggello, Tuscany, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Spectacular ceiling

Castello DI Sammezzano

Reggello

Tuscany

Italy

Cesis Castle (German: Wenden), Cesis, Latvia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Cesis Castle [German: Wenden]

Cesis

Latvia.

 

Cesis Castle was the official residence of the Masters of the. Livonian Order

Spiral staircase, The royal Château de Chambord, Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Spiral staircase

The royal Château de Chambord

Chambord

Loir-et-Cher

France

Château de Chenonceau

Chenonceau

Indre-et-Loire

France

 

The Château de Chenonceau is one of the most famous Loire Valley chateaux

Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chenonceau

Chenonceau

Indre-et-Loire

France

 

The Château de Chenonceau is one of the most famous Loire Valley chateaux

Castel dell'Ovo ["Egg castle"], Via Eldorado, 3, 80132 Napoli, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castel dell'Ovo ["Egg castle"],

Via Eldorado, 3

80132 Napoli

Italy

 

Castel dell'Ovo is located on the former island of Megaride, now a peninsula in the gulf of Naples.

Château du Fayel, Fayel , Oise, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château du Fayel

Fayel

Oise

France

Trinity Chapel, Palace of Fontainebleau, 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trinity Chapel

Palace of Fontainebleau

(55 kilometres from the centre of Paris)

France

 

Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal châteaux.

Schloss Nordkirchen (Nordkirchen castle), Coesfeld district, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Nordkirchen (Nordkirchen Castle)

Coesfeld district

North Rhine Westphalia

Germany

 

Schloss Nordkirchen was originally one of the residences of the Prince-Bishops of Münster.

Schloss Quedlinburg, Quedlinburg, north of the Harz mountains, Harz disrtrict, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Quedlinburg (Quedlinburg Castle)

Quedlinburg

( north of the Harz mountains)

Harz disrtrict

Saxony-Anhalt

Germany

Château de Vincennes, Avenue de Paris, 94300 Vincennes, Val-de-Marne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Vincennes

Avenue de Paris

94300 Vincennes, Val-de-Marne

France

 

The Château de Vincennes is a massive 14th and 17th century French royal castle now a suburb of the metropolis. This donjon, 52 meters high, was the tallest medieval fortified structure of Europe.

Castle of Gruyères, Gruyères, Fribourg, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Greyerz / Château de Gruyères), Rue du Château 8, 1663 Gruyères, Fribourg, Switzerland

 

The Castle is one of the most famous in Switzerland.

Gardens, Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, Île-de-France, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Gardens

Palace of Versailles

Place d'Armes

78000 Versailles

Île-de-France

France

The Citadel of Rostov, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Citadel of Rostov

Yaroslavl Oblast

Russia

Mamure kalesi (Mamure Castle), Anamur District of Mersin Province, Turkey - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Mamure kalesi (Mamure Castle)

Anamur District

Mersin Province

Turkey

Château de Tanlay, Tanlay, Yonne, Burgundy, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Tanlay

Tanlay

Yonne

Burgundy

France

Burg Normannstein, 99830 Treffurt, Wartburgkreis district, Thuringia, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Normannstein

99830 Treffurt

Wartburgkreis district

Thuringia

Germany

Mirsky Castle Complex, Mir, Karelichy District of the Hrodna voblast, Belarus - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Mirsky Castle Complex

Mir

Karelichy District

Hrodna voblast

Belarus

 

The Mirsky Castle Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site

It is one of several castles often referred to as Radziwill Castle

The Château de Trécesson, near the Paimpont forest, Campénéac, Morbihan, Brittany, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Trécesson

near the Paimpont forest

Campénéac

Morbihan

Brittany

France

Schloss Stolzenfels (Stolzenfels Castle), Schlossweg, 56075 Koblenz, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Stolzenfels (Stolzenfels Castle)

Schlossweg

56075 Koblenz

Germany

Borgholms slott (Borgholm Castle), Borgholm, Sweden - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Borgholms slott (Borgholm Castle)

Borgholm

Sweden

 

Borgholm Castle is the ruin of a fortress first built in the second half of the 12th century and rebuilt many times in later centuries.

Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, Indre-et-Loire, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chenonceau

Chenonceau

Indre-et-Loire

France

Castelul Bran (Bran Castle), Str. General Traian Mosoiu 24, Bran 507025, (near Brasov) Romania - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Castelul Bran (Bran Castle)

Str. General Traian Mosoiu 24

Bran 507025, (near Brasov)

Romania

 

Bran Castle is also popularly known as Dracula's Castle

Kasteel Ammersoyen (Ammerzoden Castle), Maasdriel, Gelderland, Netherlands - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kasteel Ammersoyen (Ammerzoden Castle)

Maasdriel

Gelderland

Netherlands

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Maincy, near Melun, Seine-et-Marne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Maincy

near Melun

Seine-et-Marne

France

The Château de Biron, Biron, Dordogne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Biron

Biron

Dordogne

France

Hrad Ceský Šternberk (Ceský Šternberk Castle), Ceský Šternberk, Central Bohemian Region, Czech Republic - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Hrad Ceský Šternberk (Ceský Šternberk Castle)

Ceský Šternberk

Central Bohemian Region

Czech Republic

Niederfalkenstein (Falkenstein Castle), Pfaffenberg 19, 9821 Obervellach, Carinthia, Austria. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Niederfalkenstein (Falkenstein Castle)

Pfaffenberg 19

9821 Obervellach

Carinthia

Austria

Mudgal Fort, Lingsugur taluk, Raichur district, Karnataka, India - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Mudgal Fort

Lingsugur taluk

Raichur district

Karnataka

India

Château de La Motte-Tilly, 10400 La Motte-Tilly, Aube, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de La Motte-Tilly

10400 La Motte-Tilly

Aube

France

 

 

Schloss Braunfels (Braunfels caste), Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Gießen, Hesse, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Braunfels (Braunfels caste)

Lahn-Dill-Kreis

Gießen, Hesse

Germany

Ribat Castle, Sousse, Sousse, Tunisia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Ribat Castle

Sousse

Sousse

Tunisia

Kasteel de Borrekens (Borrkens Castle, known also as Vorselaar Castle), Vorselaar, Antwerp, Belgium - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kasteel de Borrekens

(Borrkens Castle, known also as Vorselaar Castle)

Vorselaar

Antwerp

Belgium

Castello di Padernello (Padernello Castle) Padernello, (near San Giacomo), Brescia, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello DI Padernello (Padernello Castle)

Padernello

(near San Giacomo)

Brescia

Italy

Castello di Padernello (Padernello Castle) Padernello, (near San Giacomo), Brescia, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello DI Padernello (Padernello Castle)

Padernello

(near San Giacomo)

Brescia

Italy

Corvin Castle, also known as Corvins' Castle, Hunyad Castle or Hunedoara Castle; Castelul Huniazilor or Castelul Corvinilor (Romanian), Vajdahunyad vára (Hungarian), Hunedoara, Transylvania, Romania. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Corvin Castle, also known as Corvins' Castle, Hunyad Castle or Hunedoara Castle

[Castelul Huniazilor or Castelul Corvinilor (Romanian)] [Vajdahunyad vára (Hungarian)]

Hunedoara

Transylvania

Romania

 

Bozcaada Castle, formerly known as Tenedos, Bozcaada, Bozcaada district, Çanakkale province, Turkey - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bozcaada Castle

formerly known as Tenedos

Bozcaada

Bozcaada district

Çanakkale province

Turkey

 

Bozcaada Castle is one of the best preserved castles of Turkey

Schloss Lichtenstein (Lichtenstein Castle), near Honau, Swabian Alb, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Lichtenstein (Lichtenstein Castle)

near Honau

Swabian Alb

Baden-Württemberg

Germany

Schloss Burghausen (Burghausen Castle), Altötting district, Oberbayern, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Burghausen (Burghausen Castle)

Altötting district

Oberbayern

Germany

 

Burghausen Castle is situated on the Salzach river, near the border with Austria and is said to be the longest castle in Europe

Schloss Schönbühel (Schoenbuhel Castle), Schönbühel-Aggsbach, below Melk on the right bank of the Danube, Austria. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Schönbühel (Schoenbuhel Castle)

Schönbühel-Aggsbach

below Melk on the right bank of the Danube

Austria

Castelo de São Jorge (Castle of São Jorge [Saint George]) Lisbon, Portugal - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castelo de São Jorge (Castle of São Jorge [Saint George]) Lisbon

Portugal

 

Castle of Saint George is a Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic centre Lisbon.

Haut Koenigbourg castle [French Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg; German Hohkönigsburg), Orschwiller, Alsace, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Haut Koenigbourg castle

[French Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg]

[German Hohkönigsburg]

Orschwiller

Alsace

France

Boyabat castle,Boyabat, Boyabat district, Sinop Province, Black Sea region, Turkey. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Boyabat castle

Boyabat

Boyabat district

Sinop Province

Black Sea region

Turkey

Bobolice Castle, Bobolice, Koszalin County, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bobolice Castle

Bobolice

Koszalin County

West Pomeranian Voivodeship

Poland

 

Bobolice Castle is a royal castle built in the middle of the 14th century in the Polish Jura

Trencín Castle, [Trenciansky hrad (Slovak) trencséni vá, (Hungarian)], Trencín, western Slovakia. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trencín Castle

[Trenciansky hrad (Slovak) trencséni vá, (Hungarian)]

Trencín

western Slovakia

Hrad Karlštejn (Karlštejn Castle), Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn, Central Bohemia, Czech Republic - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Hrad Karlštejn (Karlštejn Castle)

Karlštejn 172, 267 18 Karlštejn

Central Bohemia

Czech Republic

Château de Suscinio or Château de Susinio, Route du Duc Jean V, 56370 Sarzeau, Morbihan, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Suscinio or Château de Susinio

Route du Duc Jean V

56370 Sarzeau

Morbihan

France

 

The Château de Suscinio was built in the late Middle Ages,as a residence for the Dukes of Brittany.

Solidor Tower, 35400 St-Malo, Brittany, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Solidor Tower

35400 St-Malo

Brittany

France

 

Solidor Tower is.located in the estuary of the river Rance in

the former city of Saint-Servan, which merged with Saint-Malo in 1967

Peacock Room, Castello di Sammezzano in Reggello, Tuscany, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Peacock Room

Castello DI Sammezzano

Reggello

Tuscany

Italy

Fort-la-Latte or Castle of La Latte, in the commune of Fréhel, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Fort-la-Latte (Castle of La Latte)

commune of Fréhel, Côtes-d'Armor

Brittany

France

Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5, Canada - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château Frontenac

1 Rue Des Carrières

Québec

QC G1R 4P5

Canada

 

Château Frontenac is a grand hotel operated as Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1980.

Burg Satzvey (Satzvey castle) An der Burg 3, 53894 Mechernich, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

 

Burg Satzvey (Satzvey Castle)

An der Burg 3,

53894 Mechernich

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Germany

Medieval walled cité of Provins, Provins, Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Medieval walled cité of Provins

Provins

Seine-et-Marne

Île-de-France

France.

 

Provins, a town of medieval fairs, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001

Castello Mafredonico (Chiaramonte Castle), Mussomeli, province of Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello Mafredonico (Chiaramonte Castle)

Mussomeli

province of Caltanissetta

Sicily

Italy

Château de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Beynac

Beynac-et-Cazenac

Dordogne

France.

Olavinlinna (St. Olaf's Castle), Savonlinna, Finland. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Olavinlinna (St. Olaf's Castle)

Savonlinna

Finland.

 

Olavinlinna is said to be the northernmost medieval stone fortress in Europe still standing

Schloss Oberhofen (Oberhofen Castle), Oberhofen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Schloss Oberhofen (Oberhofen Castle)

Oberhofen

Canton of Bern

Switzerland

Schloss Oberhofen (Oberhofen Castle), Oberhofen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Oberhofen (Oberhofen Castle)

Oberhofen

Canton of Bern

Switzerland

Culzean Castle, Maybole KA19 8LE, Carrick, Ayrshire, Scotland. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Culzean Castle

Maybole KA19 8LE

Carrick

Ayrshire

Scotland

 

Culzean Castle is the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa, the chief of Clan Kennedy, but is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland.

The Punakha Dzong or Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong [the palace of bliss], Punakha, Bhutan. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Punakha Dzong or Pungtang Dechen Photrang Dzong

[the palace of bliss]

Punakha

Bhutan

Burg Stein (Stein Castle), Stein 1, 08118 Hartenstein, Hartenstein, Saxony, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Stein (Stein Castle)

Stein 1, 08118 Hartenstein

Hartenstein

Saxony

Germany

Schloss Sigmaringen (Sigmaringen Castle), Swabian Alb region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Sigmaringen (Sigmaringen Castle)

Swabian Alb region

Baden-Württemberg

Germany

 

Sigmaringen Castle was the seat of government for the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen.

The Château de Farcheville, in the commune of Bouville, Essonne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Farcheville

commune of Bouville

Essonne

France

Castello di Sammezzano in Reggello, Tuscany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Ceiling

Castello DI Sammezzano

Reggello

Tuscany

Italy

Reinhardstein Castle (Château de Reinhardstein(French), Burg Reinhardstein (German), in the village of Ovifat, Waimes (Weismes), in the province of Liège, Belgium - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Reinhardstein Castle

[Château de Reinhardstein (French)]

[Burg Reinhardstein (German)]

Ovifat

Waimes (Weismes)

province of Liège

Belgium

Castle of Vêves (Le château de Vêves) outside the village of Celles, province of Namur, Belgium. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Le château de Vêves (Vêves Castle)

outside the village of Celles

province of Namur

Belgium.

 

The Castle of Vêves is classified as Major Heritage of Wallonia.

Schloss Bürresheim, (Bürresheim Castle), 56727 Mayen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Bürresheim, (Bürresheim Castle)

56727 Mayen

Rhineland-Palatinate

Germany

Schloss Bürresheim, (Bürresheim Castle), 56727 Mayen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Bürresheim, (Bürresheim Castle)

56727 Mayen

Rhineland-Palatinate

Germany

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux, commune of Prudhomat, Lot département, Quercy, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux

commune of Prudhomat

Lot département

Quercy

France

 

Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux has been listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1862.

Burg Gutenberg (Gutenberg Castle), Balzers, Liechtenstein - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Gutenberg (Gutenberg Castle)

Balzers

Liechtenstein

Gyeongbokgung, Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Gyeongbokgung

(Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace)

Jongno-gu

Seoul

South Korea

 

 

Gyeongbokgung was a royal palace

Castle De Haar, near Haarzuilens, province of Utrecht, Netherlands. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle De Haar

near Haarzuilens

province of Utrecht

Netherlands.

 - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Wasserschloß Glatt

Schloß 1, 72172 Sulz am Neckar

Rottweil

Baden-Württemberg

Germany

Burg Kreuzenstein (Kreuzenstein castle), 2100 Leobendorf bei Korneuburg, near Leobendorf, Austria. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Kreuzenstein (Kreuzenstein castle)

2100 Leobendorf bei Korneuburg

near Leobendorf

Austria

Burg Kreuzenstein (Kreuzenstein castle), 2100 Leobendorf bei Korneuburg, near Leobendorf, Austria. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Kreuzenstein (Kreuzenstein castle)

2100 Leobendorf bei Korneuburg

near Leobendorf

Austria

Burg Pfalzgrafenstein (Pfalzgrafenstein Castle), Falkenau island, in the Rhine river, near Kaub, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Pfalzgrafenstein (Pfalzgrafenstein Castle)

Falkenau island, in the Rhine river

near Kaub

Germany

 

Pfalzgrafenstein is a toll castle on the Falkenau island, otherwise known as Pfalz Island.

Schloss Braunfels (Braunfels castle) Belzgasse 1, 35619 Braunfels, Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Hesse, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Braunfels (Braunfels castle)

Belzgasse 1, 35619 Braunfels

Lahn-Dill-Kreis

Hesse

Germany

Castello di Gradara (Gradara Castle), Gradara, Marche, Italy. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello DI Gradara (Gradara Castle)

Gradara

Marche

Italy

Roof, Château de Ménessaire, Ménessaire, Côte-d'Or department, Bourgogne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Roof

Château de Ménessaire

Ménessaire

Côte-d'Or department

Bourgogne

France

 

The Château de Ménessaire was inscrit as a Monument historique in 1973

 

 

Roof, Château de Ménessaire, Ménessaire, Côte-d'Or department, Bourgogne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Ménessaire

Ménessaire

Côte-d'Or department

Bourgogne

France

 

The Château de Ménessaire was inscrit as a Monument historique in 1973

Qalat_al-Bahr (Sidon Sea Castle), Sidon Old Citadel, Lebanon - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Qalat_al-Bahr (Sidon Sea Castle)

Sidon Old Citadel

Lebanon

Mont Saint-Michel, 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel, is an island commune in Normandy, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Mont Saint-Michel

50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Normandy

France.

 

Mont Saint-Michel is an island commune approximately one kilometre off France's northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches.

Kitchen roofs of the abbaye de Fontevraud (Fontevraud Abbey or Fontevrault Abbey), Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, near Chinon, in Anjou, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kitchen roofs of the abbaye de Fontevraud

(Fontevraud Abbey or Fontevrault Abbey),

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye

near Chinon

Anjou

France.

Coca Castle, Coca, Segovia, Castile-Leon, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Coca Castle

Coca

Segovia

Castile-Leon

Spain

Krak des Chevaliers (or Crac des Chevaliers), Syria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Krak Des Chevaliers (or Crac Des Chevaliers)

CRUSADER CASTLE

Syria

 

Aughnanure Castle, County Galway, Ireland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Aughnanure Castle, County Galway, Ireland


The castle was built in the 16th century by the O'Flahertys, one of Connacht's most notable lord families.

 

Aughnanure is one of over 200 tower houses in County Galway, constructed mainly by Gaelic and Anglo-Norman land owning families. The tower lies close to the shores of Lough Corrib


The castle was controlled by the O'Flaherty chieftains until 1572, when it was captured by Sir Edward Fitton, President of Connaught, and granted to a junior member of the clan who had been enticed over to the Crown. It was used to blockade Galway during the Cromwellian invasion. Soon after, it was granted to the Earl of Clanrickard, then reclaimed by the O'Flahertys. It fell into the hands of Lord St George on the foreclosure of a mortgage. It is now managed by Dúchas, the Irish State body responsible for national monuments and historic properties.

Dunguaire Castle, County Galway, Ireland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dunguaire Castle, County Galway, Ireland

 

Dunguaire Castle is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay, near Kinvarra.

 

The name derives from the Dun of King Guaire, the legendary king of Connacht.

 

The castle's 75-foot tower and its defensive wall have been restored, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer.

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Somerset, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Somerset, England

 

Dunster Castle is a former motte and bailey castle, now a country house. The castle lies on the top of a steep hill called the Tor, and has been fortified since the late Anglo-Saxon period. After the Norman conquest William de Mohun constructed a timber castle on the site as part of the pacification of Somerset. A stone shell keep was built on the motte by the start of the 12th century. At the end of the 14th century the de Mohuns sold the castle to the Luttrell family, who continued to occupy the property until the late 20th century.

 

In the 1860s and 1870s, the architect Anthony Salvin was employed to remodel the castle to fit Victorian tastes; this work extensively changed the appearance of Dunster to make it appear more Gothic and Picturesque.

 

Following the death of Alexander Luttrell in 1944, the castle and surrounding lands were sold off to a property firm. The Luttrells bought back the castle in 1954, but in 1976 Colonel Walter Luttrell gave Dunster Castle and most of its contents to the National Trust, which operates it as a tourist attraction. It is a Grade I listed building and scheduled monument.

Chor Minor, Khodja Nurobobod St, Bukhara, Uzbekistan - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chor Minor, Khodja Nurobobod St, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Saladin Citadel, Cairo, Egypt. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Saladin Citadel, Cairo, Egypt.

 

The Saladin Citadel is a medieval Islamic fortification, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo.

 - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Palacio Real (Royal Palace)
Calle Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain

 

The Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family in Madrid, but is only used for state ceremonies.

 

A foreign ambassador arrives at the Royal Palace to deliver his diplomatic credentials to the King

Fortress of Guaita, San Marino - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Fortress of Guaita, San Marino

 

Guaita is one of three peaks which overlooks the city of San Marino, the capital of San Marino.

 

The Guaita fortress is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano. It was built in the 11th century.

Beijing Beihai Park, Wenjin St, Xicheng, Beijing, China - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Beijing Beihai Park, Wenjin St, Xicheng, Beijing, China

 

Beihai Park was an imperial garden and is now a public park located to the Northwest of the Forbidden City.

Istana Anak-anak, (Castle of Indonesian Children), Indonesia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Istana Anak-anak, (Castle of Indonesian Children), Indonesia

 

 

 

Indonesian stamp

 

 

Fortress of Guaita, San Marino - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Fortress of Guaita, San Marino

 

Guaita is one of three peaks which overlooks the city of San Marino, the capital of San Marino.

 

The Guaita fortress is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano. It was built in the 11th century

Chateau-sur-Mer, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport, Rhode Island, USA - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chateau-sur-Mer, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport, Rhode Island, USA

 

Chateau-sur-Mer is the first of the grand Bellevue Avenue mansions of the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. . It is now open to the public as a museum.

Tizourgane, Chtouka-Aït Baha, Souss-Massa-Draâ, Marocco. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Tizourgane, Chtouka-Aït Baha, Souss-Massa-Draâ, Marocco.

 

Tizourgane is in the Antiatlas mountains

Derawar Fort, Cholistan Desert, Pakistan - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Derawar Fort, Cholistan Desert, Pakistan

 

Derawar Fort is a large square fortress near Bahawalpur.

 

The forty bastions of Derawar are visible for many miles around in Cholistan Desert. The walls have a circumference of 1500 metres and stand up to thirty metres high.

 

The first fort on the site was built by Hindu Rajput, Rai Jajja Bhati of Jaisalmer. It remained in the hands of the royal family of Jaisalmer until captured by the Nawabs of Bahawalpur in 1733. In 1747, the fort was lost but, Nawab Mubarak Khan took the stronghold back in 1804.

Rohtas Fort, Punjab, Pakistan - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Rohtas Fort, Punjab, Pakistan

 

Rohtas Fort is a historical garrison fort located near the city of Jhelum in Punjab.

 

It was built by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri in 16th century to subdue the rebellious tribes of the northern Punjab region, .

 

This fort is about 4 km in circumference and is UNESCO World Heritage Site

Fortress of Guaita, San Marino - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Fortress of Guaita, San Marino

 

Guaita is one of three peaks which overlooks the city of San Marino, the capital of San Marino.

 

The Guaita fortress is the oldest of the three towers constructed on Monte Titano. It was built in the 11th century

Oravský Hrad, 027 41 Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Oravský Hrad, 027 41 Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia

 

Orava Castle, is situated on a high rock above Orava river in the village of Oravský Podzámok.

 

The castle was built in the then Kingdom of Hungary in the thirteenth century.

Predjama Castle, Predjama, Inner Carniola, Slovenia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Predjama Castle, Predjama, Inner Carniola, Slovenia

 

It is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth

Predjama Castle, Predjama, Inner Carniola, Slovenia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Predjama Castle, Predjama, Inner Carniola, Slovenia

 

It is a Renaissance castle built within a cave mouth

Trakoscan, Varaždin County, Croatia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trakoscan, Varaždin County, Croatia

 

Trakošcan dates back to the 13th century.
It is one of the best preserved historic buildings in Croatia.

Nehaj Fortress, Senj, Croatia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Nehaj Fortress, Senj, Croatia

 

The Nehaj Fortress is located on a hill called Nehaj.

Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu, India - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Thirumayam, Tamil Nadu, India

 

Thirumayam is located about 20 km south of the town of Pudukkottai.

Swallow's Nest, Crimean peninsula, southern Ukraine - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Swallow's Nest, Crimean peninsula, southern Ukraine

 

The Swallow's Nest is a decorative castle located between Yalta and Alupka.

 

It was built between 1911 and 1912 in Gaspra, on top of the Aurora Cliff, to a Neo-Gothic design by the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood.

 

The castle overlooks the Cape of Ai-Todor on the Black Sea coast and is located near the remains of the Roman castrum of Charax.

 

The Swallow's Nest is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Crimea, and has become a well known symbol of the Crimea's southern coastline.

Vaduz Castle (German Schloß Vaduz), Vaduz, Liechtenstein - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Vaduz Castle (German Schloß Vaduz), Vaduz, Liechtenstein

 

Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

 

The castle gave its name to the town of Vaduz, the capital of Liechtenstein, which it overlooks from an adjacent hilltop.

Vaduz Castle (German Schloß Vaduz), Vaduz, Liechtenstein - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Vaduz Castle (German Schloß Vaduz), Vaduz, Liechtenstein

 

Vaduz Castle is the palace and official residence of the Prince of Liechtenstein.

 

This is the rear view.

East Gate, Ancient City of Fenghuang, China - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

East Gate, Ancient City of Fenghuang, China

Neemrana Fort-Palace, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Neemrana, District Alwar, Rajasthan 301705, India - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Neemrana Fort-Palace, Delhi-Jaipur Highway, Neemrana, District Alwar, Rajasthan 301705, India

 

It is a 16th century hill-fort occupied by Chauhans untill 1947.

 

It is now an hotel.

 

The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet

 

The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising.

 

It is now a museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Swallow's Nest, Crimean peninsula, southern Ukraine - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Swallow's Nest, Crimean peninsula, southern Ukraine

 

The Swallow's Nest is a decorative castle located between Yalta and Alupka.

 

It was built between 1911 and 1912 in Gaspra, on top of the Aurora Cliff, to a Neo-Gothic design by the Russian architect Leonid Sherwood.

 

The castle overlooks the Cape of Ai-Todor on the Black Sea coast and is located near the remains of the Roman castrum of Charax.

 

The Swallow's Nest is one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Crimea, and has become a well known symbol of the Crimea's southern coastline.

Spišský Castle, Spiš, Slovakia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Spišský Castle, Spiš, Slovakia

 

The ruins of Spiš Castle form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe.

 

It was included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1993

Schloss Hohenzollern, 72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Hohenzollern, 72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany

 

Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, who became German Emperors

 

A castle was first constructed here in the early 11th century. The present castle was constructed for King Frederick William IV of Prussia between 1846 and 1867. The design was based on English Gothic Revival architecture and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley.

 

In 1945 it became home to the former Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, son of the last Hohenzollern monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is buried there with his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie

Castle Rising, Castle Rising, Norfolk, England. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle Rising, Castle Rising, Norfolk, England.

 

Castle Rising is a ruined medieval fortification built soon after 1138 by William d'Aubigny II, who had risen through the ranks of the Anglo-Norman nobility to become the Earl of Arundel.

 

It was inherited by William's descendants before passing into the hands of the de Montalt family in 1243. The Montalts later sold the castle to Queen Isabella, who lived there after her fall from power in 1330. Isabella extended the castle buildings and enjoyed a regal lifestyle, entertaining her son, Edward III on several occasions. After her death, it was granted to Edward, the Black Prince, to form part of the Duchy of Cornwall. It was later aqcired by the Howard family.

 

English Heritage took over control of the castle in 1983 and continued to operate it as a tourist attraction. The castle is protected by UK law as an ancient monument and a grade I listed building. It remains in the custody of English Heritage, but since 1998 has been managed by its owner, Baron Howard of Rising.

Château de Peyrelade in Rivière-sur-Tarn, Aveyron, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Peyrelade in Rivière-sur-Tarn, Aveyron, France

 

 

A castle existed here at least as far back as the 12th century. It was the scene of incessant battles and sieges until 1633 when it was dismantled on the orders of Cardinal Richelieu. Thanks to its position controlling the entrance to the Gorges du Tarn, it was one of the most important castles in the Rouergue province

 

The name is derived from the occitan "Pèira Lada", meaning wide rock

 

Objects found on the site suggest it was inhabited in prehistoric times.

 

 

 

The Great Room, Althorp, Northamptonshire, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Great Room, Althorp, Northamptonshire, England

 

Althorp is a country estate of about 14,000 acres (60 square km) and a Grade I listed stately home in. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) north-west of the county town of Northampton.

 

It is the official residence of The Earl and Countess Spencer. It was the home of Diana, Princess of Wales before her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales.

Schloss Augustusburg, Parkplatz, Max-Ernst-Allee, 50321 Brühl, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Augustusburg, Parkplatz, Max-Ernst-Allee, 50321 Brühl, Germany

 

The Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces constitute an historical building complex in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, which have been listed as a UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site since 1984.

 

The palaces were built at the beginning of the 18th century by the Archbishop-Elector of Cologne, Clemens August of Bavaria of the Wittelsbach family.

Castillo de Medinaceli, Soria, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castillo de Medinaceli, Soria, Spain

 

The optimal number of windows for a defensive building.

Schloss Greyerz / Château de Gruyères), Rue du Château 8, 1663 Gruyères, Fribourg, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Greyerz / Château de Gruyères), Rue du Château 8, 1663 Gruyères, Fribourg, Switzerland

 

The Castle is one of the most famous in Switzerland.

Citadel of Salah Ed-Din Syria. Saône or Saladin Castle, Al-Haffah, Latakia Governorate, Syri - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Citadel of Salah Ed-Din Syria. Saône or Saladin Castle, Al-Haffah, Latakia Governorate, Syria

 

the site has been fortified since at least the mid 10th century. In 975 the Byzantine Emperor John I Tzimiskes captured the site and it remained under Byzantine control until around 1108.

 

Early in the 12th century crusaders assumed control of the site and it became part of the newly formed Principality of Antioch. The Crusaders undertook an extensive building programme, giving the castle much of its current appearance.

 

In 1188 it fell to the forces of Saladin after a three-day siege.

 

In 2006, the castles of Qal'at Salah El-Din and Krak Des Chevaliers were together recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Schloss Bottmingen, Schlossgasse, 4103 Bottmingen, Basel-Land Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Bottmingen, Schlossgasse, 4103 Bottmingen, Basel-Land Switzerland

 

It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance

 

 

Vianden Castle, Montée du Château, 9422 Vianden, Luxembourg - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Vianden Castle, Montée du Château, 9422 Vianden, Luxembourg

 

With origins dating from the 10th century, the castle was built in the Romanesque style from the 11th to 14th centuries.

 

Gothic extensions were added at the end of this period. A Renaissance mansion was added in the 17th century. Thereafter the castle was allowed to fall into ruin. It has, recently been restored and is open to visitors.

Bojnice castle, Bojnice, Slovakia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bojnice castle, Bojnice, Slovakia

 

Bojnice Castle, dating from the 12th century, is today a Romantic castle with Gothic and Renaissance elements

 

Bojnice Castle is one of the most visited castles in Slovakia..

Château de Gaillo, Gaillon, Haute-Normandie, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Gaillo, Gaillon, Haute-Normandie, France.

 

The Château de Gaillon is a renaissance castle, begun in 1502 on ancient foundations.

Château de Virieu, 38730 Virieu, Isère, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Virieu, 38730 Virieu, Isère, France

 

Le château de Virieu was built in stone around 1010,

 

It is classified as a French monument historique..

Château de Sercy, Sercy, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Sercy, Sercy, Saône-et-Loire, Bourgogne, France

 

The Château de Sercy is a XII century castle modified in the XVI century.

 

It is classed as a French monument historique.

Schloss Moritzburg (Castle Moritzburg), Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Moritzburg (Castle Moritzburg), Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany

 

Moritzburg Castle is a Baroque palace in Moritzburg, in the German state of Saxony, about 13 kilometres (8.1 MI) Northwest of Dresden.

 

The castle is named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, who had a hunting lodge built here between 1542 and 1546.

Schloss Altdöbern, Altdöbern, Brandebourg, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Altdöbern, Altdöbern, Brandebourg, Germany

Schloss Bottmingen, Schlossgasse, 4103 Bottmingen, Basel-Land, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Bottmingen, Schlossgasse, 4103 Bottmingen, Basel-Land, Switzerland

 

It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance

Schloss Burgsteinfurt, Steinfurt, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Burgsteinfurt, Steinfurt, Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Schloss Herrenchiemsee, Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Herrenchiemsee, Chiemsee, Bavaria, Germany

 

Herrenchiemsee is a complex of royal buildings on the Herreninsel, an island in the Chiemsee, Bavaria's largest lake, 60 km south east of Munich.

 

An Augustine Monastery Herrenchiemsee here was later converted into the Old Palace (Altes Schloss).

 

The Old Palace as later supplemented by the Herrenchiemsee Palace, also known as the New Palace (Neues Schloss), together the largest of King Ludwig II of Bavaria's palaces.

Chateau de Val, Les Fontilles, 15270 Lanobre, Cantal, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chateau de Val, Les Fontilles, 15270 Lanobre, Cantal, France

 

The Château is located on the shore of the Lake Bort-les-Orgues

 

It is classé as a Monument historique

Helfstyn Castle, Lipník nad Becvou, Prerov, Olomouc, Czech Republic - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Helfstyn Castle, Lipník nad Becvou, Prerov, Olomouc, Czech Republic

 

The ruins of the castle are perched on a knoll above the narrowest part of the Moravian Gate and above the left bank of the river Becva.

 

The complex is 187 meters long and up to 152 meters wide. It is one of the largest castles in terms of area in the Czech Republic.

The Red Castle (Castell Coch), Cardiff, Wales - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Red Castle (Castell Coch), Cardiff, Wales

 

It is situated on a steep hillside high above the village of Tongwynlais, to the north of Cardiff in Wales, and is a Grade I listed building.

 

Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built on the remains of a genuine 13th-century fortification, cared for by Cadw, the Welsh Government's historic environment service.

 

Designed by William Burges, with working portcullis and drawbridge, and sumptuous interiors to rival those of Cardiff Castle, it has been described as "the most spectacular example of [Burgest's] translation from High Gothic into High Victorian."

The Boudoir of Empress Maria, Winter Palace, Palace Embankment, 32, St Petersburg, Russia, 190000. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Boudoir of Empress Maria, Winter Palace, Palace Embankment, 32, St Petersburg, Russia, 190000.

 

The Winter Palace was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian Tsars

 

Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt

 

Today, the restored palace forms part of the complex of buildings housing the Hermitage Museum.

The Drawing Room in Rococo II Style, with Cupids by Edward Petrovich Hau, Winter Palace, Palace Embankment, 32, St Petersburg, Russia, 190000. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Drawing Room in Rococo II Style, with Cupids by Edward Petrovich Hau, Winter Palace, Palace Embankment, 32, St Petersburg, Russia, 190000.

 

The Winter Palace was, from 1732 to 1917, the official residence of the Russian Tsars

 

Situated between the Palace Embankment and the Palace Square, adjacent to the site of Peter the Great's original Winter Palace, the present and fourth Winter Palace was built and altered almost continuously between the late 1730s and 1837, when it was severely damaged by fire and immediately rebuilt

 

Today, the restored palace forms part of the complex of buildings housing the Hermitage Museum.

Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France

 

 

The Château or Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal châteaux is located 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris

 

The palace is the work of many French monarchs, building on an early 16th-century structure of Francis I.

Moszna Castle, Moszna, Poland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Moszna Castle, Moszna, Poland

 

The castle is one of the best known monuments in the western part of Upper Silesia.

Château de Chatillon, Châtillon-en-Bazois, Nièvre, Burgundy, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chatillon, Châtillon-en-Bazois, Nièvre, Burgundy, France.

Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, England. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Hever Castle, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, England.

 

Hever Castle began as a country house, built in the 13th century. From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the Bullen (later Boleyn family.

 

Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII , spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505.

 

It later came into the possession of King Henry's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

 

The castle is now a major tourist attraction.

Kasteel van Ooidonk (Ooidonck Castle), Ooidonkdreef 9, 9800 Deinze, Belgium - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kasteel van Ooidonk (Ooidonck Castle), Ooidonkdreef 9, 9800 Deinze, Belgium

 

The castle is the residence of the Earl t'Kint de Roodenbeke.

 

A fortress was first built on the site of the present castle in 1230, intended to defend the city of Ghent and to fortify the river Leie.

Burg zu Burghausen, Burghausen Castle, Upper Bavaria, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg zu Burghausen, Burghausen Castle, Upper Bavaria, Germany

 

Burghausen Castle is the longest castle complex in Europe. The gothic castle comprises the main castle with the inner courtyard and five outer courtyards.

Schwerin Castle, Lennéstraße 1, 19053, Schwerin, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schwerin Castle, Lennéstraße 1, 19053, Schwerin, Germany

 

Schwerin Castle is situated on an island in the city's main lake, the Schweriner See.

 

For centuries the palace was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

 

It currently serves as the seat of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Landtag (state parliament)

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It is regarded as one of the most important works of romantic Historicism in Europe and designated to become a World Heritage Site.

 

Schloss Rastatt (Rastatt Palace), Herrenstraße 18-20, 76437 Rastatt, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Rastatt (Rastatt Palace), Herrenstraße 18-20, 76437 Rastatt, Germany

 

The palace and the garden were built between 1700 and 1707 by the Italian architect Domenico Egidio Rossi as ordered by Margrave Louis William of Baden.

The Palazzo Ducale di Mantova (Ducal palace, Mantua) Lombardy, northern Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Palazzo Ducale DI Mantova (Ducal palace, Mantua) Lombardy, northern Italy

 

The Ducal Palace is a group of buildings built between the 14th and the 17th century mainly by the noble family of Gonzaga as their residence in the capital of their Duchy.

 

The complex includes some 500 rooms and occupies an area of c. 34,000 m².

Schloss Rastatt (Rastatt Palace), Herrenstraße 18-20, 76437 Rastatt, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Rastatt (Rastatt Palace), Herrenstraße 18-20, 76437 Rastatt, Germany

 

The palace and the garden were built between 1700 and 1707 by the Italian architect Domenico Egidio Rossi as ordered by Margrave Louis William of Baden.

Above average sandcastle - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Above average sandcastle

Chateau de Val, Les Fontilles, 15270 Lanobre, Cantal, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chateau de Val, Les Fontilles, 15270 Lanobre, Cantal, France

 

The Château is located on the shore of the Lake Bort-les-Orgues

 

It is classé as a Monument historique

Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran

 

The Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world. It was a lrge fortress/city in whose heart the citadel was located, but because of the impressive look of the citadel, which forms the highest point, the entire fortress is referred to as the Bam Citadel.

 

It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site

 

The origin of this massive citadel on the Silk Road can be traced beyondthe Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). The heyday of the citadel was from the 7th to 11th centuries, when it lay at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments.

 

On December 26, 2003, the Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, along with much of the rest of Bam. It is currently being rebuilt.

Schloss Landsberg, Landsberger Straße 150, 98617 Meiningen, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Landsberg, Landsberger Straße 150, 98617 Meiningen, Germany

Totnes Castle, Castle Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NU, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Totnes Castle, Castle Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5NU, England

 

The castle occupies a commanding position atop a large hill above the town, and guards the approach to three valleys, including that of the River Dart.

 

The surviving stone keep and curtain wall date from around the 14th century. Totnes Castle is one of the best preserved examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle in England

Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France

 

The Château or Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal châteaux is located 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris

 

The palace is the work of many French monarchs, building on an early 16th-century structure of Francis I.

Himeji Castle, a hilltop Japanese castle complex in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Himeji Castle, a hilltop Japanese castle complex in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

 

The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period.

 

Himeji Castle is also known as Hakuro-jo ("White Egret Castle") or Shirasagi-jo ("White Heron Castle") because of its white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.

 

The Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill.

 

Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. The area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated Japanese National Treasures.

Himeji Castle, a hilltop Japanese castle complex in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Himeji Castle, a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

 

The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period.

 

Himeji Castle is also known as Hakuro-jo ("White Egret Castle") or Shirasagi-jo ("White Heron Castle") because of its white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.

 

The Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill.

 

Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. The area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated Japanese National Treasures.

Himeji Castle, a hilltop Japanese castle complex in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Himeji Castle, a hilltop Japanese castle complex located in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

 

The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period.

 

Himeji Castle is also known as Hakuro-jo ("White Egret Castle") or Shirasagi-jo ("White Heron Castle") because of its white exterior and supposed resemblance to a bird taking flight.

 

The Castle dates to 1333, when Akamatsu Norimura built a fort on top of Himeyama hill.

 

Himeji Castle is the largest and most visited castle in Japan, and it was registered in 1993 as one of the first UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the country. The area within the middle moat of the castle complex is a designated Special Historic Site and five structures of the castle are also designated Japanese National Treasures.

Library at the Château de Fontainebleau, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Library at the Château de Fontainebleau, France

 

The Château (or Palace) of Fontainebleau is located 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris,

 

Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal châteaux. The building is arranged around a series of courtyards. set around the remainder of the Forest of Fontainebleau, a former royal hunting park..

Staircase, Opéra Garnier, Paris - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Staircase, Opéra Garnier, Paris

 

The Palais Garnier is a 1,979-seat opera house, built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera. The theatre was known as the Opéra de Paris or simply the Opéra, but

became known as the Palais Garnier in recognition of its opulence and its architect, Charles Garnier.

 

It was the primary home of the Paris Opera and its associated Paris Opera Ballet until 1989, when the Opéra Bastille opened at the Place de la Bastille, leaving the Palais Garnier for ballet.

 

The Palais Garnier also houses the Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra de Paris (Paris Opera Library-Museum).

Château du Plessis-Bourré is situated in the commune of Écuillé in the Maine-et-Loire department, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château du Plessis-Bourré is situated in the commune of Écuillé in the Maine-et-Loire department, France.

 

Château du Plessis-Bourré is in the Loire Valley. It was built in less than 5 years from 1468 to 1472 by Finance Minister Jean Bourré, the principal advisor to King Louis XI.

 

It was classified as a French Monument Historique in 1931.

 

The Château du Plessis-Bourré has provided the setting for numerous French films, including:
Peau d'Âne (1970) by Jacques Demy
Louis XI by J.C. Lubtchansky
Jeanne d'Arc (1989 telefilm) by Pierre Badel
Le Bossu (1997) by Philippe de Broca
Fanfan la Tulipe (2003) by Gérard Krawczyk
La Reine et le Cardinal (telefilm)
The Princess of Montpensier (2009) by Bertrand Tavernier
Louis XI, Le Pouvoir Fracassé (2010) by Henri Helman with Jacques Perrin

Almodovar Castle, Almodóvar del Río, Province of Córdoba, Spain. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Almodovar Castle, Almodóvar del Río, Province of Córdoba, Spain.

 

It is situated 15 miles (24 km) from Córdoba, on the left bank of the Guadalquivir.

 

Previously a Roman fort, the Moors built a castle on the site. The current structure has Berber origins, and dates from the year 760. During the Middle Ages, the castle underwent several periods of reconstruction.

Vianden Castle, Vianden, Luxembourg - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Vianden Castle, Vianden, Luxembourg

 

Vianden Castle (French: Château de Vianden, German: Burg Vianden Luxembourgish: Buerg Veianen), is located in Vianden, in the north of Luxembourg.

 

Vianden is one of the largest fortified castles west of the Rhine.

 

Its origins date to the 10th century. The castle was built in the Romanesque style between the 11th and 14th centuries. Gothic aspects were added at the end of this period.

 

A Renaissance mansion was added in the 17th century

 

After the seventeenth century the castle was allowed to fall into ruin, and has recently been restored - the ruined tower shown here has been rebuilt.

 

It is now open to visitors.

The Chindia Tower (Romanian: Turnul Chindiei) is a tower in the Curtea Domneasca monuments ensemble in Târgoviste, Romania. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Chindia Tower (Romanian: Turnul Chindiei) is a tower in the Curtea Domneasca monuments ensemble in Târgoviste, Romania.

 

The tower was begun in the fifteenth century during the second reign of Prince Vlad III the Impaler over Wallachia, taking its final form during the 19th century. It has a spectacular batter (or talus).

 

During its history it has been used as a guard point, a fire spotter and for storing and protecting the state treasury.

 

The tower now houses an exhibition of documents, weapons and objects which belonged to Vlad the Impaler.

The Veste Coburg, or Coburg fortress, is situated on a hill above the city of Coburg, Bavaria, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

The Veste Coburg, or Coburg fortress, is situated on a hill above the city of Coburg, Bavaria, Germany

 

Veste Coburg (also called the "Franconian Crown")is one of Germany's largest castles. It dominates the town of Coburg on Bavaria's border with Thuringia.

 

The Veste Coburg was the historical seat of the independent duchy of Coburg in Franconia, now part of the German state of Bavaria.

 

Martin Luther lived in the Veste for a number of months during the Diet of Augsburg in 1530.

 

In the twentieth century, the castle was the residence of Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a grandson of Queen Victoria, who was also (until 1919) the 2nd Duke of Albany in the United Kingdom.

The Alcázar of Segovia (Segovia Castle) is located in the old city of Segovia, Spain. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Alcázar of Segovia (Segovia Castle) is located in the old city of Segovia, Spain.

 

Rising out on a rocky crag above the confluence of the rivers Eresma and Clamores near the Guadarrama mountains, it is one of the most distinctive castle-palaces in Spain

 

Alcázar (from Arbic for "The Castle") was originally built as a fortress but has served as a royal palace, a state prison, a Royal Artillery College and a military academy.

Torrechiara Castle, Langhirano, province of Parma, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Torrechiara Castle, Langhirano, province of Parma, Italy

 

Torrechiara was built by Pier Maria II Rossi, Count of San Secondo, between 1448 and 1460.

 

The building was a defensive structure, but also a mansion for the count's lover, Bianca Pellegrini, for which a famous hall, the Camera d'Oro ("Golden Chamber") was built with decorations by Benedetto Bembo.

 

Scenes of the 1985 film Ladyhawke were shot at the castle.

The University of Timbuktu, located in the city of Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The University of Timbuktu, located in the city of Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa

 

The University of Timbuktu was established in the 12th century. Teaching included geography, mathematics, the sciences, and medicine.

 

During the 12th century, the university had an enrollment of around 25,000 students from Africa as well as parts of the Mediterranean within a city of around 100,000 persons.

 

The castle like construction is useful when, periodically, religious fanatics attempt to destroy University facilities, artefacts and manuscrits, most recently in 2013.

The Red Castle (Castell Coch) situated on a hillside above the village of Tongwynlais, to the north of Cardiff, Wales - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Red Castle (Castell Coch) situated on a hillside above the village of Tongwynlais, to the north of Cardiff, Wales

 

Castell Coch is a 19th-century Gothic Revival castle built on the remains of a 13th-century fortification.. It is a Grade I listed building

 

Designed by William Burges, with a superficially medieval appearance, working portcullis and drawbridge. Its sumptuous interiors rival those of nearby Cardiff Castle

The Assembly of Gods around Jupiter's throne (Giulio Romano, 1532-1534), Sala dei Giganti, Palazzo del Tè, Mantua, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Assembly of Gods around Jupiter's throne

(Giulio Romano, 1532-1534)

Sala dei Giganti, Palazzo del Tè, Mantua, Italy

Chastè da Tarasp (Tarasp Castle or in German, Schloss Tarasp) sits on a hill top near Tarasp, in Lower Engadin, Graubünden, Switzerland. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chastè da Tarasp (Tarasp Castle or in German, Schloss Tarasp) sits on a hill top near Tarasp, in Lower Engadin, Graubünden, Switzerland.

 

Located in the Romansh speaking area of Switerland, it is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

 

 

Smolenický zámok (Smolenice Castle) lies on the eastern slope of the LittleCarpathians, near the town of Smolenice, Slovakia. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Smolenický zámok (Smolenice Castle) lies on the eastern slope of the LittleCarpathians, near the town of Smolenice, Slovakia.

Schloss Hohenschwangau (Hohenschwangau Castle), Hohenschwangau, near the town of Füssen, part of the county of Ostallgäu in southwestern Bavaria, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Hohenschwangau (Hohenschwangau Castle), Hohenschwangau, near the town of Füssen, part of the county of Ostallgäu in southwestern Bavaria, Germany.

 

It is located very close to the border with Austria.Germany

 

Hohenschwangau Castle (the name means High Swan County Castle) is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany.

 

It was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria and

was the childhood residence of the future King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Château-Gaillard, above the commune of Les Andelys overlooking the River Seine, in the Eure département of historical Normandy, now Upper Normandy, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château-Gaillard, above the commune of Les Andelys overlooking the River Seine, in the Eure département of historical Normandy, now Upper Normandy, France.

 

Château Gaillard is a ruined medieval castle

 

Construction began in 1196 under the auspices of Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy. The castle was built in just two years, at the same time the town of Petit Andely

 

. Château Gaillard has a complex and advanced design - possibly designed by Richard himself. It uses principles of concentric fortification It was also one of the earliest European castles to use machicolations - an idea that Richard might well have brought back from the Holy Land. The castle consists of three enclosures separated by dry moats, with a keep in the inner enclosure.

 

Château Gaillard was captured in 1204 by the French king, Philip II, after a lengthy siege. In the mid-14th century, the castle became the residence of the exiled David II of Scotland.

 

The castle changed hands several times in the Hundred Years' War, but in 1449 the French captured Château Gaillard from the English for the last time, and from then on it remained in French ownership.

 

Henry IV of France ordered the demolition of Château Gaillard in 1599; The castle ruins are listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Pernstejn Castle, Nedvedice, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Pernstejn Castle, Nedvedice, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic

 

Pernštejn Castle (Czech: hrad Pernštejn) is located on a rock above the village of Nedvedice and the rivers Svratka and Nedvedicka, some 40 km northwest of Brno.

 

Pernštejn came to be known as the marble castle because of the marble-like stone used to frame the doors and windows.

Oravský Hrad, located above the Orava river in the village of Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Oravský Hrad, located above the Orava river in the village of Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia.

 

In Eglish it is called Orava Castle, in German Arwaburg and in Hungarian: Árva vára)

 

Orava Castle stands on the site of an old wooden fortification, built after the Mongol invasion of Hungary of 1241.The later design was in Romanesque and Gothic style. Later still it was reconstructed as a Renaissance and Neo-Gothic structure,.

 

Many scenes of the 1922 film Nosferatu were filmed here. After a period of dilapidation the castle became a national monument after World War II,.

Montacute House, Montacute, Somerset, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Montacute House, Montacute, Somerset, England

 

Montacute House is a late Elizabethan country house typical of English architecture in transition from the medieval Gothic to the Renaissance Classical.

 

It is one of the finest houses to survive almost unchanged from the Elizabethan era, and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building, and Scheduled Ancient Monument.

 

The house was built in about 1598 by Sir Edward Phelips, Master of the Rolls and the prosecutor during the trial of the Gunpowder Plotters.

 

Lord Curzon lived at the house with his mistress, the novelist Elinor Glyn. It was acquired by the National Trust in 1927

Le Château de Val, Les Fontilles, 15270 Lanobre, Cantal, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Le Château de Val, Les Fontilles, 15270 Lanobre, Cantal, France

San Vittore alle Chiuse, Genga, Marche, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

 

San Vittore alle Chiuse, Genga, Marche, Italy

 

San Vittore alle Chiuse is not a castle but a Roman Catholic abbey and church.

 

The edifice is known from the year 1011, and is example of Byzantine-influenced architecture in Italy.

Althorp Gallery, Althorp, Northamptonshire, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Althorp Gallery, Althorp, Northamptonshire, England

 

Althorp is a country estate of about 14,000 acres (60 square km) and a Grade I listed stately home in. It is about 5 miles (8.0 km) north-west of the county town of Northampton.

 

It is the official residence of The Earl and Countess Spencer. It was the home of Diana, Princess of Wales before her marriage to Charles, Prince of Wales.

 

(It's the current Earl Spencer sitting reading the book)

The Château de Vendeuvre, Vendeuvre, near to Lisieux in Normandy, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Vendeuvre, Vendeuvre, near to Lisieux in Normandy, France

 

Classed as a Historic Monument, Vendeuvre is a prototypical aristocratic Norman country house.

 

It was opened to the public in 1983.

Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Bavaria, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

 

The Nymphenburg Palace ("Nymph's Castle"), is a Baroque palace once the main summer residence of the House of Wittelsbach (rulers of Bavaria)

Ceiling detail, Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Bavaria, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Ceiling detail, Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

 

The Nymphenburg Palace ("Nymph's Castle"), is a Baroque palace once the main summer residence of the House of Wittelsbach (rulers of Bavaria)

Château Fort de Gisors, Haute-Normandie, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château Fort de Gisors, Haute-Normandie, France

 

King William II of England ordered Robert of Bellême to build the first castle at Gisors. Henry I of England was responsible for the octagonal stone keep surmounting the motte. Henry's work at Gisors was part of a programme of royal castle building in Normandy during his reign to secure the region against the aspirations of the French crown.

 

The castle is also known for its links with the Templars. Put into their charge by the French king between 1158 and 1160, it became the final prison of the Grand Master of the Order, Jacques de Molay, in 1314.

Château de Champlâtreux, Epinay-Champlâtreux, Val-d’Oise, Île-de-Franc, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Champlâtreux, Epinay-Champlâtreux, Val-d’Oise, Île-de-Franc, France

 

Le château de Champlâtreux was built between 1751 et 1757 the architect Jean-Michel Chevotet.

 

It is classified as a Monument Historique

Château de la Motte Husson, Martigne Sur Mayenne 53470, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de la Motte Husson, Martigne Sur Mayenne 53470, France

La cour d’honneur, l’hôtel des Invalides, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

La cour d’honneur, l’hôtel des Invalides, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France

 

Les Invalide , officially L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Town-House of the Invalids), is a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments, relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans (the building's original purpose).

 

The complex houses the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes.

La cour d’honneur, l’hôtel des Invalides, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

La cour d’honneur, l’hôtel des Invalides, 7th arrondissement, Paris, France

 

Les Invalide , officially L'Hôtel national des Invalides (The National Town-House of the Invalids), is a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments, relating to the military history of France, as well as a hospital and a retirement home for war veterans (the building's original purpose).

 

The complex houses the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes.

Knightshayes Court, Tiverton, Devon, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Knightshayes Court, Tiverton, Devon, England

 

Knightshayes Court is a Victorian country house, designed by William Burges for the Heathcoat-Amory family.

 

The house is Grade I listed.

Kasteel van Wijnendale, Wijnendale, Torhout, West Flanders, Belgium. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Kasteel van Wijnendale, Wijnendale, Torhout, West Flanders, Belgium.

 

The present castle is largely a 19th-century reconstruction, but a part of the north wing is still 15th century.

 

One wing is inhabited by the present owners. Another wing is a museum, open to the public.

Qaitbay Citadel, Alexandria, Egypt - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Qaitbay Citadel, Alexandria, Egypt

 

The Citadel of Qaitbay (or the Fort of Qaitbay) is a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast at Alexandria, on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour.

 

It is built on the site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria - probably from stones from the ruined lighthouse.

 

It was built in 1477 AD by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay, from whom it takes its name.

Qaitbay Citadel, Alexandria, Egypt - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Qaitbay Citadel, Alexandria, Egypt

 

The Citadel of Qaitbay (or the Fort of Qaitbay) is a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast at Alexandria, on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour.

 

It is built on the site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria - probably from stones from the ruined lighthouse.

 

It was built in 1477 AD by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay, from whom it takes its name.

Château Fort de Guédelon, Treigny, Yonne, Burgundy, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château Fort de Guédelon, Treigny, Yonne, Burgundy, France

 

Château Fort de Guédelon (Guédelon Castle) is a medieval construction project. The object of which is to build a castle using only the techniques and materials used in the Middle Ages.

 

Building materials, including wood and stone, are obtained locally. Jacques Moulin, the chief architect for the project, designed the castle according to the architectural model developed during the 12th and 13th centuries by Philip II of France.

 

Construction started in 1997 under Michel Guyot, owner of Saint-Fargeau castle. The site was chosen in the light of the availability of a stone quarry, in a large forest, with a pond close by.

 

The project has created 55 jobs and is now a tourist destination, with more than 300 000 visits each year

 

When completed in the 2020s, it should be an authentic recreation of a 13th-century medieval castle.

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Castello di Gradara (Gradara Castle), Gradara, Marche, Italy. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello di Gradara (Gradara Castle), Gradara, Marche, Italy.

 

Gradara Castle is protected by two walls, the outermost of which extends for almost 800 meters.

Gingerbread Castle - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Gingerbread Castle

Château-Gaillard, above the commune of Les Andelys overlooking the River Seine, in the Eure département of historical Normandy, now Upper Normandy, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château-Gaillard, above the commune of Les Andelys overlooking the River Seine, in the Eure département of historical Normandy, now Upper Normandy, France.

 

Château Gaillard is a ruined medieval castle

 

Construction began in 1196 under the auspices of Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Normandy. The castle was built in just two years, at the same time the town of Petit Andely

 

. Château Gaillard has a complex and advanced design - possibly designed by Richard himself. It uses principles of concentric fortification It was also one of the earliest European castles to use machicolations - an idea that Richard might well have brought back from the Holy Land. The castle consists of three enclosures separated by dry moats, with a keep in the inner enclosure.

Fagaras Castle, Fagaras, Brazov County, Romania - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Fagaras Castle, Fagaras, Brazov County, Romania

 

In 1696, following penetration of the Austrian army in Transylvania, Fagaras Castle (or Fagaras Fortress) became Crown property of the Habsburgs.

The Château de Chantilly, Chantilly, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Chantilly, Chantilly, France.

 

The site comprises two attached buildings : the Petit Château built around 1560 for Anne de Montmorency, and the Grand Château, which was destroyed during the French Revolution and rebuilt in the 1870s.

 

Owned by the Institut de France, the château houses the Musée Condé, a public art galleriy.

Entrance Hall in Osterley House, Hounslow, London - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Entrance Hall in Osterley House, Hounslow, London

 

Osterley House (or Osterley Park) is a mansion set in a large park. When the house was built it was surrounded by rural countryside.

 

It was one of a group of large houses close to London which served as country retreats for wealthy families, but which were not true country houses, as they lacked large agricultural estates.

Interior, Donjon de Vez, Oise, Picardy, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Interior, Donjon de Vez, Oise, Picardy, France

 

The Donjon (keep) is part of the Château de Vez.

 

 

 

Donjon de Vez, Oise, Picardy, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Donjon de Vez, Oise, Picardy, France

 

The Donjon (keep) is part of the Château de Vez.

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland

 

The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the commune of Veytaux, at the eastern end of the lake, 3 km from Montreux

 

The first written record of the castle date to 1160. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy.

 

The Château de Chillo was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

 

The castle is also one of the settings in Henry James's novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland

 

The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the commune of Veytaux, at the eastern end of the lake, 3 km from Montreux

 

The first written record of the castle date to 1160. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy.

 

The Château de Chillo was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

 

The castle is also one of the settings in Henry James's novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Château fort de la Hunaudaye - Plédéliac, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château fort de la Hunaudaye - Plédéliac, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France

 

Castle Hunaudaye is a thirteenth century castle. It is classified as a Monument historique since February 1922.

Château du Lude, Le Lude, Sarthe department, Pays-de-la-Loire - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château du Lude, Le Lude, Sarthe department, Pays-de-la-Loire

 

The Château du Lude is one of the many great châteaux of the Loire Valley and stands at the crossroads of Anjou, Maine and Touraine.

 

Le Lude is a stronghold transformed into an elegant house during the Renaissance and the 18th century. It has been inhabited by the same family for the last 260 years.

 

The Château gardens have evolved throughout the centuries, with an English style landscape, a rose garden, topiaries, a labyrinth and a botanical walk.

Château de Puymartin, Marquay, Dordogne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Puymartin, Marquay, Dordogne, France

 

The castle was built during the 13th century.

 

It is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

The Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise département, Picardy, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, Oise département, Picardy, France.

 

The Château is on the southeast edge of the Forest of Compiègne, north east of Paris, between Villers-Cotterêts and Compiègne.

 

The Château de Pierrefonds still features most of the characteristics of defensive military architecture from the Middle Ages, though it underwent major restoration in the 19th century.

Château de La Roche, aint-Priest-la-Roche, Loire département, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de La Roche, aint-Priest-la-Roche, Loire département, France

 

The castle stands on an island in the lake formed by the Villerest dam . It was built on a rocky platform overlooking the Loire river from a height of 30 metres. During the 1930s, the construction project for the Villerest dam by EDF condemned the château to disappear below the water. It was bought for a symbolic one franc by the commune. It is now situated on an island.

Château de La Roche, aint-Priest-la-Roche, Loire département, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de La Roche, aint-Priest-la-Roche, Loire département, France

 

The castle stands on an island in the lake formed by the Villerest dam . It was built on a rocky platform overlooking the Loire river from a height of 30 metres. During the 1930s, the construction project for the Villerest dam by EDF condemned the château to disappear below the water. It was bought for a symbolic one franc by the commune. It is now situated on an island.

Château de La Roche, aint-Priest-la-Roche, Loire département, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de La Roche, aint-Priest-la-Roche, Loire département, France

 

The castle stands on an island in the lake formed by the Villerest dam . It was built on a rocky platform overlooking the Loire river from a height of 30 metres. During the 1930s, the construction project for the Villerest dam by EDF condemned the château to disappear below the water. It was bought for a symbolic one franc by the commune. It is now situated on an island.

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland

 

The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the commune of Veytaux, at the eastern end of the lake, 3 km from Montreux

 

The first written record of the castle date to 1160. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy.

 

The Château de Chillo was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

 

The castle is also one of the settings in Henry James's novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chillon, Veytaux, Montreux, Switzerland

 

The Château de Chillon (Chillon Castle) is an island castle located on the shore of Lake Geneva in the commune of Veytaux, at the eastern end of the lake, 3 km from Montreux

 

The first written record of the castle date to 1160. From the mid 12th century, the castle was home to the Counts of Savoy.

 

The Château de Chillo was made popular by Lord Byron, who wrote the poem The Prisoner Of Chillon; Byron also carved his name on a pillar of the dungeon.

 

The castle is also one of the settings in Henry James's novella Daisy Miller (1878).

Château d'Anjony, Tournemire, Cantal département, Auvergne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château d'Anjony, Tournemire, Cantal département, Auvergne, France

 

The Château d'Anjony is known in Occitan as the Chastèl d'En Jòni, (the Castle of Lord Jòni). It is built of reddish basal

 

] It is located in a strategic position on the Tournemire promontory and dominates the rich landscape of the Doire valley with its four tall towers.

 

The castle and its estate are classified as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.

Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, Ainay-le-Vieil, Cher, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, Ainay-le-Vieil, Cher, France.

 

Built in the 14th century, this moated castle has been listed as a Monument historique since 1968 by the French Ministry of Culture.

Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, Ainay-le-Vieil, Cher, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château d'Ainay-le-Vieil, Ainay-le-Vieil, Cher, France.

 

Built in the 14th century, this moated castle has been listed as a Monument historique since 1968 by the French Ministry of Culture.

Castello Piccolomini (Celano Castle), Celano, provincia dell'Aquila, Marsica, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello Piccolomini (Celano Castle), Celano, provincia dell'Aquila, Marsica, Italy

 

The square castle, with round towers at the corners, was erected in its present form on the top of the San Vittorino Hill.

 

Its construction was commissioned by Count Pietro Berardi around the year 1392, and was finished around 1451.

 

Today, the castle hosts the Museum of Sacred Art of the Marsica.

Castello Piccolomini (Celano Castle), Celano, provincia dell'Aquila, Marsica, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello Piccolomini (Celano Castle), Celano, provincia dell'Aquila, Marsica, Italy

 

The square castle, with round towers at the corners, was erected in its present form on the top of the San Vittorino Hill.

 

Its construction was commissioned by Count Pietro Berardi around the year 1392, and was finished around 1451.

 

Today, the castle hosts the Museum of Sacred Art of the Marsica.

Castle of Bussy Rabutin, Bussy-le-Grand, Côte-d'Or department, Bourgogne, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle of Bussy Rabutin, Bussy-le-Grand, Côte-d'Or department, Bourgogne, France

 

The Château de Bussy-Rabutin, also known as Château de Bussy-le-Grand, developed from a 12th-century castle,

 

The castle was founded by Renaudin de Bussy. It was rebuilt in the 14th century, and the Renaissance galleries were added in the 1520s. It was altered during the reigns of Henri II (1547–1559) and Louis XIII (1610–1643).

Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, Northumberland, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, Northumberland, England

 

It is an example of a Norman Motte and bailey castle.

 

Both town and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet, less than a mile from England's north-east coast.

 

Traditionally the castle's construction has been ascribed to Prince Henry of Scotland in the mid-12th century, but it may have been built by King Henry II of England when he took control of England's northern counties.

Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, Northumberland, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, Northumberland, England

 

It is an example of a Norman Motte and bailey castle.

 

Both town and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet, less than a mile from England's north-east coast.

 

Traditionally the castle's construction has been ascribed to Prince Henry of Scotland in the mid-12th century, but it may have been built by King Henry II of England when he took control of England's northern counties.

Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, Northumberland, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, Northumberland, England

 

It is an example of a Norman Motte and bailey castle.

 

Both town and castle occupy a loop of the River Coquet, less than a mile from England's north-east coast.

 

Traditionally the castle's construction has been ascribed to Prince Henry of Scotland in the mid-12th century, but it may have been built by King Henry II of England when he took control of England's northern counties.

Ortenberg Schloss, Ortenau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Ortenberg Schloss, Ortenau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

Ortenberg Schloss, Ortenau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Ortenberg Schloss, Ortenau, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

The castle of Bourtzi, Nafplio, Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The castle of Bourtzi, Nafplio, Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece.

 

The castle of Bourtzi is located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio. Venetians completed its fortification in 1473 to protect the city from pirates and invaders from the sea. It fell to Ottoman Turks along with the rest of Greece.

 

The Greeks regained it from the Turks on June 18, 1822, from where they assisted in the siege of Nafplio. Until 1865 it served as a fortress. It was then transformed into residence of the executioners of convicts from the castle of Palamidi. From 1930 to 1970, it served as a hotel. Since then, it is mainly a tourist attraction.

The castle of Bourtzi, Nafplio, Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The castle of Bourtzi, Nafplio, Argolis, Peloponnese. Greece.

 

The castle of Bourtzi is located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio. Venetians completed its fortification in 1473 to protect the city from pirates and invaders from the sea. It fell to Ottoman Turks along with the rest of Greece.

 

The Greeks regained it from the Turks on June 18, 1822, from where they assisted in the siege of Nafplio. Until 1865 it served as a fortress. It was then transformed into residence of the executioners of convicts from the castle of Palamidi. From 1930 to 1970, it served as a hotel. Since then, it is mainly a tourist attraction.

Burg Altena (Altena Castle), Altena, Märkischer Kreis, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Altena (Altena Castle), Altena, Märkischer Kreis, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

 

Altena Castle is a Medieval hill castle in the town of Altena in western Germany. It was erected by the early Counts of Berg - in the early 12th century. Eventually, the House of Berg abandoned Altena and moved their residence to Hamm.

 

In 1912, Richard Schirrmann established the world's first youth hostel within the castle, which is still in use today (the Jugendherberge Burg Altena).

Wasserschloss Klaffenbach, Wasserschloßweg 6, 09123 Chemnitz, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Wasserschloss Klaffenbach, Wasserschloßweg 6, 09123 Chemnitz, Germany

Trostburg, Burgfriedenstraße, 22, 39040 Ponte Gardena Bozen, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trostburg, Burgfriedenstraße, 22, 39040 Ponte Gardena Bozen, Italy

Castel Roncolo, territory of Ritten, near the city of Bolzano in South Tyrol, Italy. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castel Roncolo, territory of Ritten, near the city of Bolzano in South Tyrol, Italy.

 

The castle is known as Runkelstein Castle in English and Schloss Runkelstein in German.

 

It is a medieval fortification on a rocky spur. In 1237 Alderich, Prince-Bishop of Trent gave the brothers Friedrich and Beral, Lords of Wange,n permission to construct a castle on the rock then called Runchenstayn.

Schloss Greyerz / Château de Gruyères), Rue du Château 8, 1663 Gruyères, Fribourg, Switzerland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Greyerz / Château de Gruyères), Rue du Château 8, 1663 Gruyères, Fribourg, Switzerland

 

The Castle is one of the most famous in Switzerland.

Castel Beseno, Beseno, Trentino-Alto Adige Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castel Beseno, Beseno, Trentino-Alto Adige Italy

 

Castel Beseno - Schloss Pysein in German language, Beseno Castle in English - is the largest fortified structure of Trentino-Alto Adige.

Castello Mafredonico, Mussomeli (Mussumeli in Sicilian), Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Castello Mafredonico, Mussomeli (Mussumeli in Sicilian), Caltanissetta, Sicily, Italy.

 

The Chiaramonte Castle Castello Mafredonico, was built in 1370 in Norman-Gothic style. It stands on a high crag at 778 metres, 2 km outside the town.

 

It has halls, dungeons and torture cells, and a chapel with a alabaster depicting the Madonna dell Catena (1516).

Schloss Hohenzollern, 72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Hohenzollern, 72379 Burg Hohenzollern, Germany

 

Hohenzollern Castle is the ancestral seat of the Hohenzollern family, who became German Emperors

 

A castle was first constructed here in the early 11th century. The present castle was constructed for King Frederick William IV of Prussia between 1846 and 1867. The design was based on English Gothic Revival architecture and the Châteaux of the Loire Valley.

 

In 1945 it became home to the former Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany, son of the last Hohenzollern monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who is buried there with his wife, Crown Princess Cecilie

Burg Hochosterwitz, near Sankt Georgen am Längsee, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in the state of Carinthia, Austria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Burg Hochosterwitz, near Sankt Georgen am Längsee, east of the town of Sankt Veit an der Glan in the state of Carinthia, Austria

 

Hochosterwitz Castle is considered to be one of Austria's most impressive medieval castles.

 

There are 14 defensive gates, each equipped with different methods of guarding the path. Local legend maintains that the castle has never been conquered and that none of the attacks managed to get beyond the fourth gate.

Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norfolk, England,  - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Blickling Hall, Blickling, Norfolk, England,

 

 

In the 15th century, Blickling Hall was in the possession of Sir John Fastolf, who made a fortune in the Hundred Years' War, and whose coat of arms is still on display here.

 

Later, the Hall came into the possession of the Boleyn family. It was home to Sir Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, the father of Anne Boleyn.

 

Blickling Hall has been in the care of the National Trust since 1940.

 

City Walls, Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

City Walls, Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran

 

The Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world. It was a lrge fortress/city in whose heart the citadel was located, but because of the impressive look of the citadel, which forms the highest point, the entire fortress is referred to as the Bam Citadel.

 

It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site

 

The origin of this massive citadel on the Silk Road can be traced beyondthe Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). The heyday of the citadel was from the 7th to 11th centuries, when it lay at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments.

 

On December 26, 2003, the Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, along with much of the rest of Bam. It is currently being rebuilt.

City Walls, Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Interior, Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran

 

The Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world. It was a lrge fortress/city in whose heart the citadel was located, but because of the impressive look of the citadel, which forms the highest point, the entire fortress is referred to as the Bam Citadel.

 

It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site

 

The origin of this massive citadel on the Silk Road can be traced beyondthe Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). The heyday of the citadel was from the 7th to 11th centuries, when it lay at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments.

 

On December 26, 2003, the Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, along with much of the rest of Bam. It is currently being rebuilt.

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Andalusia, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

 

The Alhambra (Calat Alhambra) is a palace and fortress complex, originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and rebuilt in the mid 11th century by the Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Kingdom of Granada.

 

It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and its court of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista by the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications.

 

It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian buildings and gardens.

 

The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Andalusia, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Alhambra Palace, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

 

The Alhambra (Calat Alhambra) is a palace and fortress complex, originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and rebuilt in the mid 11th century by the Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Kingdom of Granada.

 

It was converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada. The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and its court of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista by the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications.

 

It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian buildings and gardens.

 

The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Matsumoto Castle, Japan - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Matsumoto Castle, ("Crow Castle"), Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture near Tokyo, Japan

The Arab Cieling, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Arab Cieling, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales

 

Cardiff Castle is a combination of medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre.

 

The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.

Ceiling, Queen's Drawing Room, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Ceiling, Queen's Drawing Room, Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU, England

 

The palace was built for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a favourite of King Henry VIII, on the river Thames in Richmond upon Thames, in the historic county of Middlesex.

 

When Wolsey fell from favour in 1529, the palace was ceded to the King.Hampton Court Palace then became a royal palace

 

The palace has not been inhabited by the British Royal Family since the 18th century.

 

 

 

 

Château de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, France.

 

The castle is one of the best-preserved and best known in the Dordogne, perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River

 

The castle was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to control the valley of the Dordogne River.

 

The sheer cliff face was sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, so the defences were concentrated on the plateau on the other side. They included double crenellated walls, double moats,and a double barbican.

Château de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac, Dordogne, France.

 

The castle is one of the best-preserved and best known in the Dordogne, perched on top of a limestone cliff, dominating the town and the north bank of the Dordogne River

 

The castle was built in the 12th century by the barons of Beynac (one of the four baronies of Périgord) to control the valley of the Dordogne River.

 

The sheer cliff face was sufficient to discourage any assault from that side, so the defences were concentrated on the plateau on the other side. They included double crenellated walls, double moats,and a double barbican.

Interior, Palácio de Monserrate (Monserrate Palace), Parque de Monserrate, 2710-405 Sintra, Portugal - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Interior, Palácio de Monserrate (Monserrate Palace), Parque de Monserrate, 2710-405 Sintra, Portugal

 

The Monserrate Palace is an exotic palatial villa near Sintra, Portugal, the traditional summer resort of the Portuguese court. It was built in 1858 for Sir Francis Cook, an English baronet who was created Visconde de Monserrate by King Luís.

The Arab Cieling, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Arab Cieling, Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, Wales

 

Cardiff Castle is a combination of medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre.

 

The original motte and bailey castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a 3rd-century Roman fort.

Schloss Moritzburg (Castle Moritzburg), Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Moritzburg (Castle Moritzburg), Schloßallee, 01468 Moritzburg, Saxony, Germany

 

Moritzburg Castle is a Baroque palace in Moritzburg, in the German state of Saxony, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) northwest of Dresden.

 

The castle is named after Duke Moritz of Saxony, who had a hunting lodge built here between 1542 and 1546.

The Great Hall, Hatfield House, Great North Rd, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Great Hall, Hatfield House, Great North Rd, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ, England

 

Hatfield House is a country house set in a large park, to the east of Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. It is a prime example of Jacobean architecture

 

The present Jacobean house was built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, First Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to King James I and has been the home of the Cecil family ever since.

 

Hatfield House is currently the home of Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 7th Marquess of Salisbury.

 

The house is open to the public

 

 

Louvre, 75001 Paris, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Louvre, 75001 Paris, France

 

The Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre), which houses the present museum, was begun as a fortress by Philip II in the 12th century, with remnants of this building still visible in the crypt.

Vianden castle, Montée du Château, 9422 Vianden, Luxembourg - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Vianden castle, Montée du Château, 9422 Vianden, Luxembourg

 

With origins dating from the 10th century, the castle was built in the Romanesque style from the 11th to 14th centuries.

 

Gothic extensions were added at the end of this period. A Renaissance mansion was added in the 17th century. Thereafter the castle was allowed to fall into ruin. It has, recently been restored and is open to visitors.

Schloss Körtlinghausen, Körtlinghausen 4, 59602 Rüthen, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Körtlinghausen, Körtlinghausen 4, 59602 Rüthen, Germany

La Conciergerie, 2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

La Conciergerie, 2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France

 

La Conciergerie is a former royal palace and prison located by the seine on the west of the Île de la Cité. It is part of the larger complex known as the Palais de Justice, which is still used for judicial purposes.

Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Fontainebleau, 77300 Fontainebleau, France

 

The Château or Palace of Fontainebleau is one of the largest French royal châteaux is located 55 kilometres from the centre of Paris

 

The palace is the work of many French monarchs, building on an early 16th-century structure of Francis I.

The Catherine Palace, Sadovaya ulitsa, 7, Pushkin, Russia, 196601 - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Chapel at the Catherine Palace

 

The Catherine Palace, Sadovaya ulitsa, 7, Pushkin, Russia, 196601

 

The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 25 km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

Trakošcan Castle, Varaždin County, Northern Croatia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trakošcan Castle, Varaždin County, Northern Croatia

Trakai Island, Teutonic castle on Lake Galve, Lithuania - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trakai Island, Teutonic castle on Lake Galve, Lithuania

 

The construction of the castle was begun in the 14th century and completed around 1409.

 

Trakai was one of the main centres of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the castle held great strategic importance.

Château de Vigny, Vigny, Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Vigny

Vigny

Val-d'Oise

Île-de-France

France

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Unknown

Cheateau Photoshop?

Château de Beynac, Castle in Beynac-et-Cazenac, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Beynac

Castle in Beynac-et-Cazenac

France

Schloss Mespelbrunn (Mespelbrunn Castle), Mespelbrunn, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Mespelbrunn (Mespelbrunn Castle)

Mespelbrunn

Germany

Sazova Mahallesi, Eskisehir, Turkey - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Sazova Mahallesi

Eskisehir

Turkey

Castle Howard, North Yorkshire, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle Howard

North Yorkshire

England

Kitchens, Fontevraud Abbaye,Fontevraud-l'Abbaye near Chinon, in Anjou, France

Kitchens

Fontevraud Abbaye,

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye near Chinon

Anjou

France

Schwerin Castle, Schwerin, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schwerin Castle

city of Schwerin

Germany

Sited on an island in the city's main lake, the Schweriner See

Bedzin Castle, Zamkowa, Bedzin, Poland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Bedzin Castle

Zamkowa

Bedzin

Poland

The Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg, Russia - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chapel

Catherine Palace

Tsarskoye Selo

Russia

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh

Scotland

Paphos Castle, Paphos, East Coast, Cyprus - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Paphos Castle, Paphos, East Coast, Cyprus

 

Paphos Castle is located on the edge of Paphos harbour. It was originally built as a Byzantine fort to protect the harbour. It was then rebuilt by the Lusignans in the thirteenth century after being destroyed in the earthquake of 1222.

 

In 1570 it was dismantled by the Venetians. After capturing the island, the Ottomans restored and strengthened it.

 

It was declared a listed building in 1935 and represents one of the most distinctive landmarks of the city of Paphos.]

Trakai Island Castle, Lake Galve, Lithuania - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trakai Island Castle

Lake Galve

Lithuania

Château de Josselin, Josselin, Morbihan, Brittany, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Josselin

Josselin

Morbihan

Brittany

France

Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Arg-é Bam (Bam Citadel), Bam, Kerman Province, southeastern Iran

 

The Arg-e Bam was the largest adobe building in the world. It was a lrge fortress/city in whose heart the citadel was located, but because of the impressive look of the citadel, which forms the highest point, the entire fortress is referred to as the Bam Citadel.

 

It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site

 

The origin of this massive citadel on the Silk Road can be traced beyondthe Achaemenid period (6th to 4th centuries BC). The heyday of the citadel was from the 7th to 11th centuries, when it lay at the crossroads of important trade routes and known for the production of silk and cotton garments.

 

On December 26, 2003, the Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, along with much of the rest of Bam. It is currently being rebuilt.

Veliki Tabor, in the region of Zagorje near Desinic, 8 km (5.0 miles) west of Pregrada, Croatia

 

Veliki Tabor is a fortress and museum in northwest Croatia, dating from the 12th century.

 

The castle's present appearance dates from the 16th century

Chepstow Castle, 1 Bridge St, Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 5EY, Wales - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chepstow Castle, 1 Bridge St, Chepstow, Monmouthshire NP16 5EY, Wales

 

Chepstow Castle, located on top of cliffs overlooking the River Wye, is the oldest surviving post-Roman stone fortification in Britain. It was the southernmost of a chain of castles built along the English–Welsh border in the Welsh Marches.

 

Its construction was begun under the Norman Lord William fitzOsbern, soon afterwards made Earl of Hereford,

 

The castle ruins are a Grade I lhistorical monument

Trendelburg Castle, Steinweg 1, 34388 Trendelburg, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Trendelburg Castle, Steinweg 1, 34388 Trendelburg, Germany

 

One of Germany's best-preserved castles, located in the Wester Mountains near Kassel.

 

Chartered in 1301, Trendelburg held a strategic position, dominating trade roads from Frankfurt to Kassel and Hamburg.

Château de Chambord,Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Chambord, Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France

Pernstejn Castle, Czech Republic - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Pernstejn Castle, Czech Republic

 

Pernštejn Castle (Czech: hrad Pernštejn) is located on a rock above the village of Nedvedice and the rivers Svratka and Nedvedicka, some 40 km northwest of Brno, in the South Moravian Region, Czech Republic.

 

Pernštejn came to be known as the marble castle because of the marble-like stone used to frame the doors and windows.

Schloss Nymphenburg 1, Festsaal, 80638 Munich, Germany - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Nymphenburg 1, Festsaal, 80638 Munich, Germany

 

 

Château de Lassay, Lassay-les-Châteaux, Mayenne, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Lassay, Lassay-les-Châteaux, Mayenne, France.

 

The castrum or castellum, built in the early years of the twelfth century, was probably in a motte and bailey castle.

 

it was Classé as a monument historique in 1862 and is still a private residence.

Castello Valentino, Turin, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castello Valentino, Turin, Italy

 

Castello del Valentino (Castle of Valentino) is located in Valentino Park. It was one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997.

 

Today it is the seat of the Architecture Faculty of the Polytechnic University of Turin.

The Palace of Mysore (orAmba Vilas Palace), Mysore, Karnataka, India. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Palace of Mysore (orAmba Vilas Palace), Mysore, Karnataka, India.

 

The palace is the official residence of the Wodeyars, the former royal family of Mysore, which ruled the princely state of Mysore from 1399 to 1947.

 

The palace also houses two durbar halls (ceremonial meeting hall of the royal court).

 

Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India,

Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea.

 

Gyeongbokgung, also known as Gyeongbokgung Palace or Gyeongbok Palace, is a royal palace.

 

Constructed in 1395, the palace was later burned, and abandoned for almost three centuries. It was reconstructed in 1867, as the main and largest palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon Dynasty.

 

The name means "Palace" [Gung] "Greatly Blessed by Heaven" [Gyeongbok].

 

In the early 20th century, much of the palace was destroyedby Imperial Japan. Since then, the walled palace complex has been gradually restored to its original form.

 

The Catherine Palace, Sadovaya ulitsa, 7, Pushkin, Russia, 196601 - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Catherine Palace, Sadovaya ulitsa, 7, Pushkin, Russia, 196601

 

The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo, 25 km southeast of St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

Schloss Linderhof (Linderhof Palace), Bavaria, Germany. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Schloss Linderhof (Linderhof Palace), Bavaria, Germany.

 

Linderhof Palace is located near Ettal Abbey.in Southwest Bavaria.

 

It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, and the only one he lived to see completed.

 

Changdeokgung, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Changdeokgung, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

Changdeokgung means "Prospering Virtue Palace". The palace is also known as Changdeokgung Palace and Changdeok Palace

 

It is set within a large park and is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). It is located east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung, along with Changgyeonggung, is also referred to as the "East Palace"

 

Changdeokgung was the favored palace of many Joseon princes and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung.

 

Like the other Five Grand Palaces in Seoul, it was heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945).

The Pena National Palace, São Pedro de Penaferrim, municipality of Sintra, Portugal. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Pena National Palace, São Pedro de Penaferrim, municipality of Sintra, Portugal.

 

The Pena National Palace, in Portuguese the Palácio Nacional da Pena, is a Romanticist palace on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra. On a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon

 

It is a national monument andnotable expression of 19th-century Romanticism. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.

 

It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and by other government officials.

Roofs, Changdeokgung, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Roofs, Changdeokgung, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

Changdeokgung means "Prospering Virtue Palace". The palace is also known as Changdeokgung Palace and Changdeok Palace

 

It is set within a large park and is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). It is located east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung, along with Changgyeonggung, is also referred to as the "East Palace"

 

Changdeokgung was the favored palace of many Joseon princes and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung.

 

Like the other Five Grand Palaces in Seoul, it was heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945).

Roofs, Changdeokgung, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Roofs, Changdeokgung, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

 

Changdeokgung means "Prospering Virtue Palace". The palace is also known as Changdeokgung Palace and Changdeok Palace

 

It is set within a large park and is one of the "Five Grand Palaces" built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1897). It is located east of Gyeongbok Palace, Changdeokgung, along with Changgyeonggung, is also referred to as the "East Palace"

 

Changdeokgung was the favored palace of many Joseon princes and retained many elements dating from the Three Kingdoms of Korea period not incorporated in the more contemporary Gyeongbokgung.

 

Like the other Five Grand Palaces in Seoul, it was heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945).

Tofte Manor, Souldrop Road, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire MK44 1HH, England - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Tofte Manor from sunken garden

 

Tofte Manor, Souldrop Road, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire MK44 1HH, England

Château de Maisons (now Château de Maisons-Laffitte), Maisons-Laffitte, northwestern Paris, department of Yvelines, Île-de-France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Maisons (now Château de Maisons-Laffitte), Maisons-Laffitte, northwestern Paris, department of Yvelines, Île-de-France.

 

Le château de Maisons-Laffitte was designed by François Mansart from 1630 to 1651. It is a prime example of French baroque architecture and a reference point in the history of French architecture.

Guglielmi Castle, Island of sol, Maggiore, Italy - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Guglielmi Castle, Island of sol, Maggiore, Italy

 

The Guglielmi castle, or castle Isabella,was built as a summer residence in 1887 by the Marquis of Vulci and Civitavecchia, in agreement with his wife Isabella.

 

He bought the church of St. Francis and the monastery of the Friars Minor and had them incorporated into the new building,

The Palais des Tuileries, Paris, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Palais des Tuileries, Paris, France

 

This illustration shows the Palais des Tuileries in the 17th century

 

The Tuileries Palace was a royal palace in Paris which stood on the right bank of the River Seine. It was the usual Parisian residence of most French monarchs, from Henry IV to Napoleon III. Iit was destroyed in the upheaval of the Paris Commune in 1871.

 

Built in 1564, it was gradually extended until it closed off the western end of the Louvre courtyard and displayed a façade of 266 metres. Since the destruction of the Tuileries, the Louvre courtyard has remained open and the site is now the location of the eastern end of the Tuileries Garden, forming an elevated terrace between the Place du Carrousel and the gardens proper.

Le potager du château de La Roche-Guyon, La Roche-Guyon, Val-d'Oise department, Île-de-France, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Le potager du château de La Roche-Guyon, La Roche-Guyon, Val-d'Oise department, Île-de-France, France.

 

A castle (still standing) was built in the 12th century, controlling a river crossing of the Seine

 

In the mid-13th century, a fortified manor house was added below. Guy de La Roche fell at the Battle of Agincourt, and his widow was ousted from the Roche, after six months of siege, in 1419; she preferred to depart rather than accept Henry Plantagenet as her overlord.

 

The Castle passed to the Liancourt family with the marriage of Roger de Plessis-Liancourt to the heiress Marie de La Roche; he was a childhood companion of Louis XIII, first gentleman of the Chambre du Roi and made a duke in 1643. He and his wife made great changes to the château-bas, opening windows in its structure and laying out the terrace to the east, partly cut into the mountain's steep slope.

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, San Ildefonso, near Segovia, Spain. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, San Ildefonso, near Segovia, Spain.

 

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso in known in Spanish as the Palacio Real de La Granja de San Ildefonso. It is an 18th-century palace, the summer residence of the Kings of Spain from the reign of Philip V.

 

The palace was built in a restrained baroque style, surrounded by extensive gardens in the French manner, with sculptural fountains.

 

It is now open to the public as a museum.

Salon doré at the Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Salon doré at the Château de Malmaison, Rueil-Malmaison, Hauts-de-Seine, France

 

The Château de Malmaison is a country house about 12 km (7 mi) from Paris, formerly the residence of Joséphine de Beauharnais. Along with the Tuileries, it was from 1800 to 1802 the headquarters of the French government.

 

Joséphine de Beauharnais bought the manor house in April 1799 for herself and her husband, General Napoléon Bonaparte, the future Napoléon I of France, who was at that time away fighting the Egyptian Campaign.

Doune Castle, Doune, Stirling district, central Scotland. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

 

Doune Castle, Doune, Stirling district, central Scotland.

 

Doune Castle was originally built in the thirteenth century, then probably damaged in the Scottish Wars of Independence, before being rebuilt in its present form in the late 14th century by Robert Stewart, Duke of Albany (c.1340–1420), the son of King Robert II of Scotland, and Regent of Scotland from 1388 until his death.

 

Duke Robert's stronghold has survived relatively unchanged and complete.

Château de Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Vallée de Chevreuse, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Vallée de Chevreuse, France.

 

Built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1675–1683 for the duc de Chevreuse, the Château de Dampierre is a French Baroque château. There are sumptuous interiors.

 

Protected behind double gates, the main block (corps de logis) and its outbuildings, linked by balustrades, are ranged symmetrically around a dry paved and gravelled cour d'honneur.

 

The park with formally shaped water features was laid out by André Le Nôtre. It includes a formal canal and an eighteenth-century garden folly.

Château de Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Vallée de Chevreuse, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Vallée de Chevreuse, France.

 

Built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1675–1683 for the duc de Chevreuse, the Château de Dampierre is a French Baroque château. There are sumptuous interiors.

 

Protected behind double gates, the main block (corps de logis) and its outbuildings, linked by balustrades, are ranged symmetrically around a dry paved and gravelled cour d'honneur.

 

The park with formally shaped water features was laid out by André Le Nôtre. It includes a formal canal and an eighteenth-century garden folly.

Château de Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Vallée de Chevreuse, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Dampierre-en-Yvelines, Vallée de Chevreuse, France.

 

Built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1675–1683 for the duc de Chevreuse, the Château de Dampierre is a French Baroque château. There are sumptuous interiors.

 

Protected behind double gates, the main block (corps de logis) and its outbuildings, linked by balustrades, are ranged symmetrically around a dry paved and gravelled cour d'honneur.

 

The park with formally shaped water features was laid out by André Le Nôtre. It includes a formal canal and an eighteenth-century garden folly.

Belvédère supérieur, Vienna, Austria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Belvédère supérieur, Vienna, Austria

 

The Belvedere is a historic building complex consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. It houses the Belvedere museum.

 

The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.

 

 

The Belvedere was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, the imperial capital and home to the ruling Habsburg dynasty. This period of prosperity followed Prince Eugene of Savoy's successful conclusion of a series of wars against the Ottoman Empire.

Marmorsaal, Belvédère supérieur, Vienna, Austria - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Marmorsaal, Belvédère supérieur, Vienna, Austria

 

The Belvedere is a historic building complex consisting of two Baroque palaces (the Upper and Lower Belvedere), the Orangery, and the Palace Stables. It houses the Belvedere museum.

 

The buildings are set in a Baroque park landscape. The grounds are set on a gentle gradient and include decorative tiered fountains and cascades, Baroque sculptures, and majestic wrought iron gates. The Baroque palace complex was built as a summer residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy.

 

 

The Belvedere was built during a period of extensive construction in Vienna, the imperial capital and home to the ruling Habsburg dynasty. This period of prosperity followed Prince Eugene of Savoy's successful conclusion of a series of wars against the Ottoman Empire.

la Salle du Livre d’Or, Palais du Luxembourg, 6th Arrondissement, Paris, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

la Salle du Livre d’Or, Palais du Luxembourg, 6th Arrondissement, Paris, France

 

The palace was built as a royal residence for Marie de Médicis, mother of king Louis XIII of France and of Gaston, duc d'Orléans, near the site of an old hôtel particulier owned by François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Piney-Luxembourg, which is now called the Palais du Petit-Luxembourg..

 

The Luxembourg Palace is npw the seat of the French Senate.

Hever Castle, Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge,England. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Hever Castle, Hever, Kent, near Edenbridge,England.

 

Hever Castle began as a country house, built in the 13th century.

 

From 1462 to 1539 it was the seat of the 'Bullen', family later known as the Boleyn family. Anne Boleyn, the second queen consort of King Henry VIII of England, spent her early youth there, after her father, Thomas Boleyn had inherited it in 1505.

 

It later came into the possession of King Henry VIII's fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

 

The castle is now a tourist attraction.

Château du Plessis-Bourré, Écuillé, Maine-et-Loire department, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château du Plessis-Bourré, Écuillé, Maine-et-Loire department, France.

 

Château du Plessis-Bourré is a château in the Loire Valley, built in less than 5 years from 1468 to 1472 by Finance Minister Jean Bourré, principal advisor to King Louis XI.

 

The château has not been modified externally since its construction and still has a fully working drawbridge

 

It was classified as a Monument historique in 1931.

 

The Château du Plessis-Bourré has been the location setting for numerous films.

Château du Plessis-Bourré, Écuillé, Maine-et-Loire department, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château du Plessis-Bourré, Écuillé, Maine-et-Loire department, France.

 

Château du Plessis-Bourré is a château in the Loire Valley, built in less than 5 years from 1468 to 1472 by Finance Minister Jean Bourré, principal advisor to King Louis XI.

 

The château has not been modified externally since its construction and still has a fully working drawbridge

 

It was classified as a Monument historique in 1931.

 

The Château du Plessis-Bourré has been the location setting for numerous films.

Château du Plessis-Bourré, Écuillé, Maine-et-Loire department, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château du Plessis-Bourré, Écuillé, Maine-et-Loire department, France.

 

Château du Plessis-Bourré is a château in the Loire Valley, built in less than 5 years from 1468 to 1472 by Finance Minister Jean Bourré, principal advisor to King Louis XI.

 

The château has not been modified externally since its construction and still has a fully working drawbridge

 

It was classified as a Monument historique in 1931.

 

The Château du Plessis-Bourré has been the location setting for numerous films.

The Château de Langeais, Indre-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Langeais, Indre-et-Loire, France.

 

The Château de Langeais is a medieval castle, rebuilt as a country house, sited on a promontory created by the small valley of the Roumer River at the opening to the Loire Valley.

 

Founded in 992 by Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou, the castle was soon attacked by Odo I, Count of Blois. After the unsuccessful attack, the ruined stone keep was built and is now one of the earliest datable examples of a stone keep.

 

After it was destroyed during the Hundred Years' War, King Louis XI (1461–1483) rebuilt the château as what today is one of the best known examples of late medieval architecture. It is noted for its monumental and highly decorated chimneypieces.

 

Restored in the late 19th century, the Château de Langeais came under the control of the Institut de France, who own the site today. It is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and is open to the public.

 

The Château de Langeais, Indre-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

The Château de Langeais, Indre-et-Loire, France,

 

The Château de Langeais is a medieval castle, rebuilt as a country house, sited on a promontory created by the small valley of the Roumer River at the opening to the Loire Valley.

 

Founded in 992 by Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou, the castle was soon attacked by Odo I, Count of Blois. After the unsuccessful attack, the ruined stone keep was built and is now one of the earliest datable examples of a stone keep.

 

After it was destroyed during the Hundred Years' War, King Louis XI (1461–1483) rebuilt the château as what today is one of the best known examples of late medieval architecture. It is noted for its monumental and highly decorated chimneypieces.

 

Restored in the late 19th century, the Château de Langeais came under the control of the Institut de France, who own the site today. It is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and is open to the public.

Floor, The Château de Langeais, Indre-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Floor, The Château de Langeais, Indre-et-Loire, France.

 

The Château de Langeais is a medieval castle, rebuilt as a country house, sited on a promontory created by the small valley of the Roumer River at the opening to the Loire Valley.

 

Founded in 992 by Fulk Nerra, Count of Anjou, the castle was soon attacked by Odo I, Count of Blois. After the unsuccessful attack, the ruined stone keep was built and is now one of the earliest datable examples of a stone keep.

 

After it was destroyed during the Hundred Years' War, King Louis XI (1461–1483) rebuilt the château as what today is one of the best known examples of late medieval architecture. It is noted for its monumental and highly decorated chimneypieces.

 

Restored in the late 19th century, the Château de Langeais came under the control of the Institut de France, who own the site today. It is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture and is open to the public.

Interior, Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 
              France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Interior, Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

 

The Château de Pau is a castle in the centre of Pau, the capital of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Béarn. The château is located in the centre of Pau and dominates that quarter of the city

 

King Henry IV of France and Navarre was born here on December 13, 1553. The castle has a small garden that was tended by Marie Antoinette when she spent much of the summer in the city. The castle was used by Napoleon as a holiday home during his period of power.

 

The castle is classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. The castle contains a collection of tapestries.

Interior, Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 
              France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Interior, Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

 

The Château de Pau is a castle in the centre of Pau, the capital of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Béarn. The château is located in the centre of Pau and dominates that quarter of the city

 

The castle is classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. The castle contains a collection of tapestries.

Interior, Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 
              France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

la carapace de tortue ayant servi de berceau au roi Henri IV

 

Interior, Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

 

The Château de Pau is a castle in the centre of Pau, the capital of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Béarn. The château is located in the centre of Pau and dominates that quarter of the city

 

The castle is classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. The castle contains a collection of tapestries.

Château de Goulaine, Loire Valley, near Nantes, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Goulaine, Loire Valley, near Nantes, France.

 

The Château de Goulaine is a former chateau-fort or castle, now a country house.

 

The Goulaine family ownership of the estate continued uninterrupted until 1788 when it was sold to a Dutch banker. This saved the château from destruction during the French Revolution. In 1858, a member of the Goulaine family reacquired the estate and maintains it today.

 

Apart from this this break, the château has been home to the family of the Marquis de Goulaine for over a thousand y ears.

Château de Goulaine, Loire Valley, near Nantes, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Goulaine, Loire Valley, near Nantes, France.

 

Coats of arms do not come more prestigious than this: England dimidiated with France ancient

Château de Durtal, Durtal, Maine-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Durtal, Durtal, Maine-et-Loire, France.

 

The château was classé as a monument historique en 1900.

Château de Durtal, Durtal, Maine-et-Loire, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Durtal, Durtal, Maine-et-Loire, France

 

The château was classé as a monument historique en 1900.

Stordalen Castle, Sweden - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Stordalen Castle, Sweden

 

Side View

Stordalen Castle, Sweden - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Stordalen Castle, Sweden

 

Side View

Château de Monbazillac, Dordogne, Aquitane, France. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Monbazillac, Dordogne, Aquitane, France.

 

Pernštejn Castle, above the village of Nedvedice, northwest of Brno, in the South Moravian Region, Czech Republic. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Pernštejn Castle, above the village of Nedvedice, northwest of Brno, in the South Moravian Region, Czech Republic.

 

Pernštejn (Czech: hrad Pernštejn) came to be known as the marble castle because of the marble-like stone used to frame the doors and windows.

 

The castle was founded by the Lords of Medlov probably between 1270–1285. Its history is closely connected to the Lords of Pernštejn (Pernštejnové) and their descendants. It has kept its intact appearance in the Gothic and Renaissance form as it was finished in the first half of the 16th century by the Pernštejns, then the richest and most powerful lordly family of the Czech kingdom.

 

It has the most extraordinary entrance tower.

 

Pernštejn is one of the best preserved castles in Czech Republic.

Pernštejn Castle, above the village of Nedvedice, northwest of Brno, in the South Moravian Region, Czech Republic. - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Pernštejn Castle, above the village of Nedvedice, northwest of Brno, in the South Moravian Region, Czech Republic.

 

Pernštejn (Czech: hrad Pernštejn) came to be known as the marble castle because of the marble-like stone used to frame the doors and windows.

 

The castle was founded by the Lords of Medlov probably between 1270–1285. Its history is closely connected to the Lords of Pernštejn (Pernštejnové) and their descendants. It has kept its intact appearance in the Gothic and Renaissance form as it was finished in the first half of the 16th century by the Pernštejns, then the richest and most powerful lordly family of the Czech kingdom.

 

It has the most extraordinary entrance tower.

 

Pernštejn is one of the best preserved castles in Czech Republic.

Alcazar, Seville, Spain - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Alcazar, Seville, Spain

 

The Alcázar of Seville is known in Spanish as the "Reales Alcázares de Sevilla" litterally the Royal Alcazars of Seville,

 

It is a royal palace, originally a Moorish fort. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and it was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 

The Almohades were the first to build a palace, which was called Al-Muwarak, on the site of the modern day Alcázar. The palace is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. Subsequent monarchs made their own additions to the Alcázar.

 

The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and are administered by the Patrimonio Nacional.

Castle of Bourtzi, Harbour of Nafplio, Greece - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Castle of Bourtzi, Harbour of Nafplio, Greece

 

The Venetians completed its fortification here in 1473 to protect the city from pirates and invaders from the sea.

 

The Greeks regained it from the Turks on June 18, 1822, from where they assisted in the siege of Nafplio.

 

Until 1865 it served as a fortress. It was then transformed into residence of the executioners of convicts from the castle of Palamidi.

 

From 1930 to 1970, it served as a hotel. Since then it has been a tourist attraction..

Chapel roof, The Château de Roquetaillade, Mazères (near Bordeaux), Gironde, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Chapel roof, The Château de Roquetaillade, Mazères (near Bordeaux), Gironde, France

 

Charlemagne, built the first fortification there on his way to the Pyrenees with Roland, but nothing remains of this structure except but imposing ruins.

 

In 1306, with the permission of the English King Edward I, Cardinal de la Mothe, nephew of Pope Clement V built a second fortress (le Château Neuf), square in plan with six towers and a central keep. This structure was restored by Viollet-le-Duc and one of his pupils, Duthoit, between 1850 and 1870. The extraordinary interior decorations, with its furnishings and paintings, were created by Viollet-le-Duc.

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The castle has been lived in by the same family for over 700 years. Its park includes remains of the medieval curtain wall with the barbican, the Pesquey stream and its banks, the 19th century chalet, and the Crampet pigeoniere.

Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France - www.castlesandmanorhouses.com

Château de Pau, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France

 

The Château de Pau is a castle in the centre of Pau, the capital of Pyrénées-Atlantiques and Béarn. The château is located in the centre of Pau and dominates that quarter of the city

 

King Henry IV of France and Navarre was born here on December 13, 1553. The castle has a small garden that was tended by Marie Antoinette when she spent much of the summer in the city. The castle was used by Napoleon as a holiday home during his period of power.

 

The castle is classified as a Monument historique since 1840 by the French Ministry of Culture. The castle contains a collection of tapestries.

 

 

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