World's 10 Most Captivating Castles
They're grand, historic fortresses, and to see the best of them you have to go to Europe -- or check out these photos.
Windsor CastleWith a Queen Victoria statue and a flow of tourists in the foreground, Windsor Castle is the official residence of the royal British family in Berkshire. At 900 years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is the largest occupied castle and oldest royal residence in the world.
Château de ChambordThe castle of Chambord is the largest of the Loire castles. It was built between 1519 and 1547 near a bend in the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron which then throws itself into the Loire. In 1981, it was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO. 960 1280
Karlsruche CastleBuilt in 1715 in Karlsruche, Germany, this ancient castle sits at the center of the city with 32 streets radiating out from it, like spokes on a wheel, and was the seat of power for the Grand Dukes of Baden. 960 1280
Chateau de MoilansThe Chateau de Moilans, in the South of France, seems to be impenetrable with its double moat, thick walls, and dungeon sitting at more than 75 feet high with 3 turrets. 960 1280
Morris-Jumel MansionIn Manhattan sits a Palladian-style manor inspired by ancient Greek temples: the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Today, the mansion is preserved as a museum, but in its heyday, it served as George Washington's headquarters during the Revolutionary War. 960 1280
Morris-Jumel MansionMany of the home's original details remain, including 18th century stained glass, an octagonal sitting room, and a bed said to have been a gift from Napoleon. And when a séance is held inside the mansion, the owner appears from the beyond. 960 1280
Vanderbilt MansionThe Vanderbilt Museum, which sits on the family’s 43-acre estate named the Eagle’s Nest, houses William K. Vanderbilt II’s marine, natural history and ethnographic collections. Visit the museum for a “living tour” where guides bring the home to life with a performance taking visitors back in time. 960 1280
Thrumpton HallDating back to the 16th century, this 300-acre sprawling estate in the rolling hills of Nottinghamshire in central England is the red-brick English manor house known as Thrumpton Hall. 960 1280
Thrumpton HallInside, the home boasts a magnificent library, and the windows display the coats of arms of the families who once inhabited these halls. But over 4 centuries ago, Thrumpton's occupants became entwined in a secret plot to strike a fatal blow to the English monarchy. 960 1280
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