Nestled in Romania's Carpathian Mountains, Peles Castle was begun by King Carol I in 1873 and involved a small army of workmen (between 300 and 400) brought in from all over Europe: Italians as masons, Gypsies as laborers, Turks as brickmakers, Poles as engineers-- a veritable United Benetton of builders. Visitors are also invited to drop in to admire crystal chandeliers from the Venetian island of Murano, Cordoba leather from Andalucia and stained-glass windows from Germany. Further proof that it's good to be king.
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