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Medieval Marvels: A Guide to Europe’s Most Modern Castles

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Medieval Marvels: A Guide to Europe’s Most Modern Castles

Historical castles across Europe provide many hours of discovery and adventure – from exploring forgotten relics that offer insights into a country’s past to scaling beautiful turrets for breathtaking vistas. But which ones stand out as being particularly breathtaking?

The Tower of London complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to royal armory, dungeon and torture chamber as well as the iconic White Tower.

1. The Tower of London

Since 1666, the Tower of London has mesmerised visitors from near and far. Its towering stone battlements enclose a vast complex that has served as a royal palace, prison, arsenal, royal mint and even menagerie throughout its long history. Today it stands as one of Britain’s most beloved landmarks and World Heritage Site.

William I the Conqueror first fortified this site in 1078 and over time it grew into one of England’s largest and strongest concentric castles with inner and outer rings of defences, housing magnificent royal lodgings built for each king that housed their most precious treasures. By 1471 Henry VI had been murdered here while children belonging to Edward IV (known as Princes in the Tower) mysteriously vanished within its walls; Henry’s children may also have been among those imprisoned or executed here at that time.

Today the Tower remains home to an active community, including Yeomen Warders and their families, the Resident Governor, a garrison of soldiers, a doctor, and a chaplain – as well as serving as both a visitor attraction and active military base.

Its symbolic power and authority is evidenced by its housing of the Crown Jewels. Additionally, it houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of medieval weapons.

Karnes’ research investigates the nature and significance of wonder in late medieval literature, philosophy and religion. She finds particular interest in natural objects with unique properties as well as mythical creatures like unicorns and dragons which made an appearance during this time period.

Medieval Marvels is an intriguing book that takes readers on an enjoyable journey through medieval architecture and history. Packed full of fascinating facts and information, and beautifully presented, it would make an invaluable resource for students of medieval architecture or history. The glossary at the beginning can also help readers gain clarity regarding unfamiliar terms. Easily digestible text combined with photos, drawings and diagrams make the text enjoyable reading!

2. Chateau du Louvre

If you have ever visited London, chances are you saw the Tower of London: an iconic medieval castle which for nearly one millennia has stood tall as an emblem of Norman power over conquered Anglo-Saxons. Yet this impressive structure is only one among many impressive castles which hold compelling histories and stories to tell.

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The Louvre Museum in Paris, is one of the world’s premier art museums and was constructed on the site of an ancient medieval castle that once held royal treasures such as Mona Lisa. Conceived as a fortress to protect Paris against invaders by King Philip II, its design gradually evolved over time to meet changing royal needs such as when Louis IX (Saint Louis) removed outer walls to add Renaissance-style palaces inside; also, its circular shape allowed soldiers to approach easily from any direction rather than having to climb ladders over exterior walls using ladders; one notable innovation allowed soldiers approach without having to climb exterior walls using ladders; thus eliminating climbing exterior walls using ladders!

Nowadays, the Louvre stands as an opulent monument with a grand hall and breathtaking frescoes that draw visitors in like royalty did long ago. Tour the chateau to imagine those who once called it home or explore its charming garden designed by an esteemed French architect where you’ll discover forest paths, tranquil ponds and plants from across continents.

Take some time while in France to visit one of its remarkable castles: Chateau de Chantilly. Constructed between the early to mid 17th centuries, this spectacular structure showcases European pleasure houses popular at that time. Designed by architect Francois Mansart, its baroque grandeur inspires awe from visitors.

Michelle Karnes makes a daring scholarly decision in Medieval Marvels and Fictions in the Latin West and Islamic World by disregarding academic boundaries that divide Western and Oriental studies, exploring sources from Christian and Islamic cultures from the seventh to fourteenth centuries that range from natural philosophy, optics, cognitive theories, travel literature and wonder tales – exploring a vast range of Christian and Islamic sources from those centuries. In doing so she shows how marvels crossed cultural borders to reveal new depths about both nature’s capacities as well as human intellect in equal measures.

3. Chateau de Chantilly

The Chateau de Chantilly has stood the test of time. From medieval residential buildings with massive defensive towers to its elegant Renaissance architecture and even still featuring its classic features such as moat and drawbridge that characterise medieval castles – its estate provides a fascinating visual journey revealing architectural tastes and techniques as they have evolved through time.

At various points during its existence, this castle has belonged to different princely dynasties who each contributed their share in its development over the centuries. But Henri d’Orleans, Duke of Aumale (1822-1897) truly gave this castle its present form and character.

Henri d’Orleans was an art collector renowned for his vast Old Master paintings collection. To this day, his masterpieces can still be viewed exactly how they were intended by Henri at Chateau de Chantilly’s musee Conde museum; these seven galleries of paintings hang symmetrically as planned and feature English design inspired interior decorations such as Chippendale woodwork (Henri was an avid admirer).

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The Grand Stables are among Europe’s grandest stables. Not only are there 240 horses, but there are also 300 hunting dogs and grooms living here, plus statues and decorations throughout that give a taste of what luxurious life must have been like during that era of history.

As for the chateau itself, it stands as an impressive monument of French nobility and sophistication. The palace’s symmetrical layout echoes similar examples found across Europe as well as Egypt, Mexico and England; additionally its architects were inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.

If you want a break from Paris’ hectic pace, Chantilly offers an adventure into French nobility. Hop aboard a hop-on hop-off tour of Chantilly and enjoy your journey, stopping off at all of its magnificent chateaux as well as other marvels found here.

4. Chateau de Chambord

The Chateau de Chambord is one of the world’s most beloved castles, famed for its intricate French Renaissance design. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this incredible architectural marvel should not be missed when visiting Loire Valley. Stories woven into its stones bring back memories from long ago as its design stands the test of time – truly an enchanting monument from times past that still resonates today.

This castle blends French and Italian influences into its symmetrical rooms. The castle also hosts a double helix staircase attributed to Leonardo da Vinci that showcases art and engineering perfectly together. Furthermore, its mysterious qualities encapsulated Renaissance puzzles while providing elements which serve no clear purpose at all – something military architects found perplexing due to the castle’s lack of defensive walls; even today experts continue their attempts at understanding its complex layout design.

Chambord Castle stands as a monument to Renaissance architecture while also representing monarchy and power, drawing tourists with its mysterious nature and intriguing symbolism. Although never intended as the king’s main residence, he nevertheless spent limited time there during his 32-year rule; instead preferring more spacious palaces in Amboise and Blois as places he preferred more often – totalling only seven weeks at Chambord during all that time!

After his death in 1559, Francis II decided to turn it into a luxurious resort for visiting royalty and nobles – which is why there are so many activities and events at the castle as well as varied dining options available for their use.

The castle also provides visitors with an immersive modern experience through Histopad Chambord, an interactive tablet which uses both augmented reality and turnback technology to recreate rooms as they appeared during Renaissance periods. It provides visitors with an ideal way to explore all that the castle offers without needing to carry around a guidebook!

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