12 Sep Storm the World’s Best Unknown Castles
Storm the World’s Best Unknown Castles
When you think of castles, your mind typically thinks of Europe. Yet there is a dazzling array of strongholds throughout the world, each adapting their own geographic influences to amaze visitors far and wide. Here’s a list of storm-worthy castles that King Arthur himself would proudly call home.
Castello di Strassoldo di Sopra – Privately owned for the past thousand years, this castle is located in a quaint medieval village in Northern Italy near the Slovenian border. Open to the public only twice a year (and to royalty for weddings), its splendidly furnished halls offer an unrivalled walk through Italy’s past.
Predjamski Grad – Cleverly named the “Castle in Front of the Cave,” this 16th century structure is integrated into the second largest cave system in Slovenia, making it most unique.
Rhodes Castle – Whether you’re on the island of Rhodes to visit its historic Medieval town or experience its famous shopping scene, a side trip to the Rhodes Castles is a must. Built on a peninsula jutting out into the cerulean blue waters of the Mediterranean, this castle is a photographer’s dream.
Himeji Castle – Built in 1346 to protect its ruler from local shoguns, the castle never experienced battle, thus making it an extremely well-preserved piece of Japanese history. Known as “White Heron Castle” by locals, it incorporated three moats and a dizzying network of paths to dissuade attackers.
Casa Loma – A modern oddity located in Toronto, this castle was once described as a “mixture of 17th century Scotland and 20th Century Fox.” Yet it still draws visitors every day, mostly due to it’s secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers and five-acre estate gardens.