My most beautiful places in the world. Castles and palaces. Review by Isabel del Rio
I like castles, estrange buildings to defend people, to protect secrets, to show the force of their owners. There are very many beautiful castles and palaces around the world and it’s difficult to choose the most spectacular constructions. Furthermore, environment is important and castles are usually built in mountains, forests or cliffs… marvelous sites to live, perfect places to visit.
Of course, if I must choose one, I would choose the most exotic. How about Potala Palace? It is located in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is named after Mount Potalaka, the mythical home of Avalokitesvara. The Potala Palace was the main residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan uprising… Absolutely spectacular!
Following Asian constructions, we can admired the Forbidden City. It was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Then, for almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. If you don’t have the opportunity to visit China, I recommend you Bertolucci film The Last Emperor, a marvelous photography to admirer a really exotic construction.
Completely different is San Lorenzo in El Escorial, Madrid, Spain. It was the palace of Philip II of Spain and it shows his stern personality. Gray stone without trims and steep black roofs. However, the huge size can impress your memory forever.
I also like the Bodiam Castle. It is a 14th-century moated castle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years War. Its structure, details and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that aesthetic was important as well as defense.
Beautiful is the Hearst Castle. It is a National Historic Landmark mansion located on the Central Coast of California, United States. It was designed by architect Julia Morgan between 1919 and 1947 for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. In 1957, the Hearst Corporation donated the property to the state of California. Since then it has been maintained as a state historic park where the estate, and its considerable collection of art and antiques, is open for public tours.
If you like Romanticsm, I can suggest you the Castle on the Island of Loreto (Isola di Loreto) on Lake Iseo, Italy or the castle in the Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France.
In a different style, we find the Alhambra of Granada in Spain. Alhambra means ‘Red Castle’ and nobody can be indifferent seeing a sunset in this Arab palace of wonders.
Yes, our world is marvelous and mankind has filled it with stunning constructions. Which one do you prefer?
Have a nice day, Yareah readers!