Odescalchi Castle, Rome, Italy
Odescalchi Castle, also known as the Castle of Bracciano, was the site of the nuptials of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. This 15th century castle offers breathtaking views of the Santa Marinella harbour in Rome, Italy.
Dunluce Castle – North Ireland
Dunluce Castle, the site of Jackie Chan’s “The Medallian” and several historic battles, sits on basalt rock 100 feet above the sea in Northern Ireland.
The château de Rambouillet – Paris, France
The château de Rambouillet, about thirty miles outside of Paris, France, is the summer residence of the Presidents of France. The first G6 summitt took place in this palace.
The Biltmore House – Asheville, North Carolina, USA
The Biltmore House, in Asheville, North Carolina, is America’s largest privately owned home. Built by the Vanderbilt family, this 250-room home resembles a French chateau. It houses original art from masters such as Renoir, 16th-century tapestries, Napoleon’s chess set, a library with 10,000 volumes, 65 fireplaces, an indoor pool, bowling alley, and priceless antiques.
Boldt Castle – Alexandria Bay, New York, USA
The 120-room Boldt Castle, in Alexandria Bay, New York, sits in the 1000 Islands Region of the St. Lawrence River. It is a “monument of love on Heart Island of George C. Boldt for his wife Louise,” the castle Web site reports. George halted construction on the castle in 1904 when his wife died of tuberculosis.
Sanssouci Castle – Germany
Some call Sanssouci Castle Germany’s Versailles. Unlike Versailles, however, Sanssouci, in Potsdam, is decorated in the Rococo style and is much smaller. The palace was designed to provide a private getaway for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in the mid-1700s, as the name Sanssouci, which translates loosely as “without cares” or “carefree, ” indicates.
Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England
Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England, is the largest inhabited castle in the world. It is one of the official residences of The Queen, together with Buckingham Palace in London and Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh.
Chateau de Versailles, Paris, France
Perhaps the best-known castle in the world, the breathtaking Chateau de Versailles just outside of Paris, France, boasts more than 700 rooms, 2,000 windows, 6,000 paintings and 5,000 pieces of furniture.
Text & Photos: via15 Incredible Castles Around the World | The Wondrous Design Magazine.