Castles and Palaces
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A Castle used to be a fortress to keep the royalty from the touch of enemies and traitors. Back to the modern age, Castle is a place for tourists to get a nice back ground for their photos or to keep some historical objects that are priceless and symbolic.
Everybody loved fairytales during their childhood. Every boy and girl listened breathless, at a certain point in their lifetime the wonderful adventures of prince and princesses and all those magical adventures evolved around a beautiful castle. The magical things associated with the architectural masterpieces that ruled over the Medieval Era are of course based on the people’s imagination but the history has proved that every king and queen had a castle and that castle was a place of wonder and power worthy of the fascination and admiration it is looked upon with even today.
Although designed and built for the prominent purpose of defense, today the castles seem like somewhat unrealistic constructions straight from the fairytale world. From solid strongholds to oriental fortresses and highly decorative palaces, the castles are our connection to the past, where legends mix with history and reality blends with a fairyland. This fairytale castle is the historical seat of the Prussian Kings and German Emperors. Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages - it was built in the 11th century, then completely destroyed in 1423 and reconstructed in 1461. The view from the castle that stands on top of Mount Hohenzollern (855 m) is as stunning as the complex itself. The castle is located about 50 kilometers (30 mi) south of Stuttgart, the capital of the Baden-Württemberg state.
Posted June 6th, 2008 There was a time when tall stone walls and ramparts were needed for protection from invading armies, lifestyles have changed haven’t they? Fortunately, as you can see in these stuningly vivid castle pictures below, some have survived for decades and are standing today, a reminder of how life used to be. 1.
Top 25 Most Beautiful Castles in the World Posted in Features on January 23, 2008
5/7/2009 under Cool Places - by Grace Murano - TAGS: castles of the world, malbork castle The Potala Palace: Tibet's greatest monumental structure Perched upon Marpo Ri hill, 130 meters above the Lhasa valley, the Potala Palace rises a further 170 meters and is the greatest monumental structure in all of Tibet. In 637 Emperor Songtsen Gampo decided to build this palace on a hill, and the structure stood until the seventeenth century, when it was incorporated into the foundations of the greater buildings still standing today.