11 Largest and Historical Castles in the world

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World has seen numerous kingdom and royal empire which is something that attracts everyone. And world is full of ancient great castles, forts and monuments that attracts a large number of tourists every year. A castle is a type of fortified structure built in Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages as defensive structures against invaders. Either on hill top or surronded by waters. Castles were also a home and a fortress for the Royals family with countless stories, both historical and fictional.

Here is the list of top 12 largest and beautiful Castles in the world which every traveler must visit once in a lifetime.

11.  Citadel of Aleppo

Stands on 50 meter high hill in the center of Aleppo, Syria, Aleppo Citadel is one of the oldest castles. It is considered to be one of the oldest and largest castles in the world with rich history.  The castle was built on a natural limestone rising some 100 feet above the level of the surrounding plain. Its high walls, imposing entry bridge, and great gateway remain stand as a warrior even after so long time.

Location : Hawl Al Qalaa St, Aleppo, Syria

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10. Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle was twice captured by invading British and and twice reclaimed by the Scots. The Edinburgh castle was later fortified with a giant cannon named Mons Meg, which can still be viewed by tourists today. Edinburgh Castle was once the residence of Scottish monarchs and now it serves as a museum. It stands on an extinct volcanic crag 443 feet above sea level and overlooks the city of Edinburgh.

Location : Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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9. Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria, Germany. It was originally called New Hohenschwangau Castle, because being a grand recreation of Hohenschwangau Castle, where Ludwig II spent his childhood. The Gateway Building of castle was completed first, which had its topping out ceremony on 11 June 1872 and was ready for occupation at the end of 1873; for years Ludwig II used the upper floor as provisional accommodation when he visited the site

Location :  Schwangau, Germany

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8. Himeji Castle

Included in World Heritage Site in December of 1993, Himeji Castle is Japanese national treasure and breathtaking landmark located in the town of Himeji in the Hyogo Prefecture of Japan. It was built on a natural hilltop between 1581 and 1609 CE. Himeji castle property, situated on a hill summit in the central part of the Harima Plain, covers 107 hectares and comprises eighty-two buildings. The first fort built on the site were completed in the 1400s, and over the centuries got enlarged by the various rulers.

Location : Himeji, Hyogo Japan

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7. Buda Castle

Buda Castle is a royal historic palace in Budapest Hungary, built in the thirteenth century when the Hungary was invaded by the Mongol. The castle was destroyed but constructed later in the 14th century and was built in the Roman style of housing. Buda Castle includes a Budapest history museum, two other museums and also a national gallery. Buda castle has been there to reflect the fortunes of the people of Hungary.

Location : Budapest, Hungary

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6. Spis Castle

Included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993, Spis Castle in eastern Slovakia is one of the largest Medieval castles in central Europe. The main body of the Spis castle was fortified by stone walls in the first half of the 13th century and the lower courtyard in the 15th century. Before 1464, it was owned by the kings of Hungary, afterwards (to 1528) by the Zápolya family, theThurzó family (1531–1635), аnd (since 1945) by the state government of Slovakia.

Location :  Žehra, Slovakia

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5. Hohensalzburg Castle

Largest largest fully preserved castle of Europe, Hohensalzburg Castle was Initially built in 1077, and later enlarged between 1495 and1519. Hohensalzburg Castle is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe which is situated at an altitude of 505 m. The fortress consists of various wings and courtyard. You can also take their time appreciating the exterior architecture of the Castle, which has remained largely unchanged from its historic roots.

Location : Salzburg, Austria

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4. Windsor Castle

Largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor Castle is English royal residence. It is located in the centre of the district of Windsor town in southern England.The Windsor castle occupies 13 acres of ground above the south bank of the River Thames. It comprises two quadrilateral-shaped building complexes, or courts, which is separated by the Round Tower. . The castle is also home to the esteemed royal library.

Location : Windsor, United Kingdom

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3. Mehrangarh Fort

With an altitude of 410 feet, Mehrangarh Fort is one of the biggest and magnificent forts in India. Built by Rao Jodha in the year 1459, fort is spread over an area of 5 km and is built on approx 125 m high hill in the outskirts of Jodhpur city. There are seven gates, made by different rulers which include Jayapol (meaning ‘victory gate’), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies.

Location : Jodhpur, India

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2. Malbork Castle

The Malbork castle is the mightiest fortress located in Poland. Its construction begun in the 13th century. In an area of 143,591 square meters, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered the largest castle in the world in total land area. The construction of Malbork was begun by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and was the headquarters of the order for almost 150 years.

Location : Malbork, Poland

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1. Prague Castle

Prague castle is the largest castle in the world (750,000 square feet) with the title of ” the largest castle in the world” according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Even UNESCO included it in its World Heritage site with over 1.8 million tourists every year. Today it serves as the office building of the Heads of the State. The castle is the witness of many empire like Bohemia Kings, Holy Roman rulers, Prague Bishops, and presidents of Czecho-Slovakia. The castle houses a complex of sights including the St. Vitus Cathedral, monastery and the St. George’s Basilica.

Location :  Prague, Czech Republic

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