10 Largest Castles in the World
Folks what you should know is that finding the largest castle in the world is not a piece of cake. The first reason for that is that the exact definition of a castle is ‘a defensive structure built as a residence for a ruler or nobleman’ and it is not always clear what a castle really is. Now most people would agree that Moscow Kremlin is not exactly a castle but the Forts in India are. In this particular article, the ranking of the castles are based on how much area they cover on the ground and not judged on height and number of rooms. I hope this list proves educative. I would sure love to live in one of these.
10. EDINBURGH CASTLE
At number ten we have the Edinburgh Castle which is located in Scotland in the city of Edinburgh. It dominates the skyline of the entire city. It sits on a volcanic crag that is extinct now. A few buildings in the castle date back to the sixteenth century. Have you heard of the St. Margaret’s Chapel? Well, that is the oldest surviving building in the city. It dates back to the early twelfth century. The castle covers an area of 35,737 square meters.
9. CITADEL OF ALEPPO
This happens to be one of the oldest castles in the entire world. It is situated on a fifty meter high hill that is in the center of Aleppo in Syria. Research suggests that the usage of the hill by humans began at least in the middle of 3rd millennium BC. The castle has been occupied by Greeks, Byzantines, Ayyubids and Mamluks since it was built. The majority of what you see as a structure dates back to the thirteenth century. So, if you visit it, what you will see are preserved remains of thirteenth century castle; should be good. It covers an area of 39,804 square meters.
8. HIMEJI CASTLE
This is considered to be the most beautiful castle in all of Japan and it is one of those few that escaped the tortures of civil war and earthquakes and bombings. A fort was built (where the castle stands) in the fourteenth century and it was gradually increased with time. Today it covers an area of 41,468 square meters and it looks absolutely gorgeous. The castle (as it stands today) was completed in the year 1609.
7. BUDA CASTLE
The Buda Castle is located in Budapest, Hungary. It was fortified in the thirteenth century. That happened because of an attack by a Mongol. The people wanted a safer environment and therefore the fortification. The architectural style varies from Gothic to Baroque because it was invaded many times and the rebuilding led to changes in the basic architecture. The castle looks absolutely gorgeous and night and covers an area of 44,674 square meters. The castle is situated on the southern tip of the Castle Hill.
6. SPIS CASTLE
This is one of the largest Medieval castles in the Central Europe. The Spis Castle is located in the eastern part of Slovakia. During the first half of the thirteenth century, the main body of the castle was strongly fortified with stone walls. The lower courtyard was also fortified during the mid of fifteenth century. It is located in the countryside (very beautiful). The location is also used for shooting of different films and that includes ‘The Last Legion’ and ‘Dragonheart’. It covers an area of 49,485 square meters.
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