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Added by Milena on 7 Sep 2014 11:54
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Awesome Castles You Should See

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The Swallow's Nest

One of the most popular attractions in Crimea, this compact castle hangs over the edge of a cliff on the southern coastline of the Ukraine.
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Hunyad Castle

Situated deep within Transylvania, the Hunyad Castle is supposedly the place where Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula) was kept for 7 years following his deposition.
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Burghausen Castle

Found in the town of Burghausen, Bavaria this is one of the longest castles in the world at 1,043 meters.
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Prague Castle

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is largest ancient castle in the world. Everyone from Holy Roman Emperors to Bohemian Kings to modern-day presidents have held office there.
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Mehrangarh Fort

Located in the city of Jodhpur this is one of the largest forts in India. Situated 400 feet above the surrounding city you can still see imprints in its walls where invading armies had pounded it with cannonballs.
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Potala Palace

High in the Himalayas the Potala Palace is located in Lhasa, Tibet. Until the 14th Century it was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama. Only slightly damaged during the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese in 1959, it has been for the most part amazingly well preserved.
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Spiš Castle

Another oversized medieval fortress this time located in Slovakia, the Spis Castle’s picturesque qualities have led to it being featured in several movies including Dragonheartand The Last Legion.
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The Citadel of Aleppo

Often considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world, the hill it is constructed on has actually been used for the past 5,000 years and it said that the prophet Abraham even milked his sheep there.
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Neuschwanstein Castle

Located high in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, this fairy-tale-esque castle was considered very modern for its time. Begun in 1869 it was equipped with running water, flushing toilets, and a heating system. Neuschwanstein was also the inspiration for the Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
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Château de Versailles

One of the more famous castles in the world, when this chateau was constructed in Versailles it was only a tiny village. Today, however, it has become a Parisian suburb and the Chateau de Versailles has become one of the most visited castles in Europe.
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Matsumoto Castle

Also known as Matsumotojo, this is one of Japan’s oldest castles. It was constructed as a “hirajiro” or a castle that is built on the plains rather than in the mountains as is often done in Asia.
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Buckingham Palace

No list of castles would be complete without the home of modern royalty, Buckingham Palace. Located in the City of Westminster it has been a focus for the British people in times of national crisis and rejoicing.
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Predjama Castle

With a name that can be literally translated to “castle in front of a cave”, its easy to see what sets this castle apart from the others. Its unique construction has led to it being featured in several movies including the Jackie Chan film Armour of God.
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Palacio de Pena

One of the oldest castles inspired by European Romanticism the Pena National Palace is perched on top of a hill overlooking the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can easily be seen all the way from Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal.
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Castel de Monte

A 13th century castle located in Andria, Italy it was built by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II sometime in the 13th Century. Probably one of the most oft-looted castles on our list, there was not much left when the Italian government decided to restore it in the early 1900’s.
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Windsor Castle

Built shortly after William the Conqueror invaded England about 1,000 years ago, Windsor castle is the longest occupied castle in all of Europe.
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Mont Saint-Michel

Just of the coast of Normandy, on a small island, you with find the Mont Saint-Michel. The interesting thing about this castle is the tides. While at high tide the only way to get to Saint-Michel is to either swim or cross the narrow causeway connecting it to the mainland, at low tide one could theoretically walk across the exposed sand bars. A word to the wise however – the tide comes in quickly and numerous visitors have drowned trying to cross.
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Malbork Castle

Officially a World Heritage site, this Prussian Castle’s name means “Mary’s Castle”. Built by the Knights of the Teutonic Order it has undergone several expansions over the centuries and going purely by area, it is one of the largest in the world.
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Löwenburg Castle

Translated as “Lion’s Castle” this was the 18th Century version of Disney World. Constructed to intentionally look like an ancient ruin it was destroyed in the Second World War and ironically became exactly that – a ruin. Since then, however, it has been reconstructed and now is a popular tourist attraction.
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Kolossi Castle

A crusader stronghold near the city of Limassol on the island of Cyprus, former inhabitants include Richard the Lionheart and The Knights Templar.
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Anyone who has done even a little bit of traveling knows the drill – if the place you are visiting has a castle, taking an overpriced tour that ends with you being ripped off in an overpriced gift shop is a non-negotiable. Don’t worry though, you’re not the first person to be tortured within the confines of those massive walls, and at least nowadays it involves taking your money rather than your appendages. To spare you the wallet pain, however, our team has scoured the globe in order to bring you 25 awesome castles you should see…on your computer screen.

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