Ranking of the 10 most Beautiful Castles of the World

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Joel Fulleda

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The myriad of breathtaking castles that the world is full of makes the task of drawing up a ranking of the most beautiful ones difficult. We have tried and in this Top-ten of the most beautiful castles in the world.

Also this time, to do this, we made use of the community. You users of, through a survey involving over 10.000 accounts and 40 castles around the world. Each of you could choose 3 preferences from 40 proposals. The 10 castles with the highest number of votes entered the ranking.

But what is the final winner? Let's find out together ...

10 - Alcàzar of Segovia - Spain - 620 votes received

L'Alcàzar is a stone castle located in the old city of Segovia. Its shape resembles the prow of a ship and is located on a rocky hill. The Alcàzar, one of the most characteristic castles-palaces of the Spain, was built in the 12th century. It was originally supposed to function as a fortress, but functioned as a royal palace, state prison, and military academy.
Small curiosity: this castle inspired the one present in famous cartoon Cinderella from Walt Disney.

9 - Castle of Noisy - Belgium - 750 votes received

The Castle Noisy which is based in the Ardennes region, in Belgium, is also known as Miranda castle. It is a construction of the nineteenth century, precisely the castle was built in 1866. This neo-Gothic fortification has been in a state of neglect since 1991. The peculiar appearance makes it an attraction for tourists from all over the world.

8 - Windsor Castle - England - 799 votes received

A royal residence a Windsor in the English county of Berkshire. The castle is noteworthy for its long collaboration with the British royal family and for its architecture. More than five hundred people live and work in this magnificent timeless structure.

7 - Bodiam Castle - England - 825 votes received

Bodiam is a th century castle and is located in East Sussex, in England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, under the concession of Richard II. Its position contributes to making it fascinating in the middle of a moat completely covered with water.

6 - Prague Castle - Czech Republic - 1002 votes received

Before your eyes you have one of the largest and oldest castles in the world. The construction of the Prague castle it began around the 570th century. This fortress, 130 m long and about m wide, was installed on one of the nine hills of the city. It is from this very center that the capital developed.

5 - Kilkenny Castle - Ireland - 1217 votes received

The Irish Castle of Kilkenny it was built in 1195 by William the Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, in order to control the Nore River. This medieval fortification has undergone numerous restorations and is currently open to the public. It is now considered one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland.

4 - Conwy Castle - Wales - 2100 votes received

The castle Conwy is a medieval fortification that rises on the north coast of Wales; it was built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales in the th century. The huge investment made for the construction of the towers makes it the most expensive of all the castles built by Edward I. But calling it the most expensive would be an understatement: it is also the most important.

3 - Hohenschwangau Castle - Austria - 3990 votes received

One of the oldest and best preserved castles in Europe, Hohensalzburg it was built in the 1300th century and extended during the 250s. It is located on a mountain in Salzburg. With a length of 150 and a width of meters, it is one of the largest in Europe.

2 - Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany - 4755 votes received

This castle is a th century mansion, located on a solid hill of the Bavaria, in Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a refuge and was opened to the paying public soon after his death in 1886. More than 1,3 million people visit this splendid stronghold every year.

1 - Mont Saint-Michel - France - 5004 votes received

Il Mont Saint-Michel it is located on a rocky island in Normandy, about 1km from the coast. The highest point on the island is 92 meters above sea level.

This sanctuary, classified UNESCO World Heritage Site it is visited by more than 3 million people every year. The sanctuary's stunning architecture helps make it the busiest tourist site in all of Normandy.

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