One of the most remarkable things about the French Château de Chenonceau is the astonishing art collection, including a breathtaking exhibition of periodic furniture that has been collected over the years. It is a major tourist attraction, and millions visit the castle annually. Many festivals are held within the castle walls. It’s a significant cultural center, and alongside its historic charm, this is undoubtedly the Loire Valley’s gem.
One cannot ignore The Grand Gallery, one of the castle’s most significant elements decorated with Renaissance-style windows. The castle’s interior is preserved regularly, and a huge effort is invested to maintain its original features and design.
More Than Just Its Views
The castle is an iconic landmark in Liechtenstein. It was built in a Romanesque architectural style, and until this day, the magnificent and breathtaking elements, such as sturdy stone construction and turrets, are elegantly featured. It is positioned on a hill and overviews the town of Vaduz.
Trust us when we say that a lot of thought was put into the position of the place. The Rhine Valley is spread beneath, providing an astonishing view and a picturesque vantage point. The castle is often used for official documents as this piece of land is one of the most recognized structures.
Château de Chenonceau — France
This French castle set in the Loire Valley has been fought over by some pretty powerful women in history, especially the mistress Diane de Poitiers. She was not only Henry II’s King of France mistress but also his advisor and Catherine de' Medici, Henry II’s wife. It is hard not to see why Château de Chenonceau became the battleground for these women, as the castle is so stunning.
After Henry II’s death, de Medici had it taken from de Poitiers in exchange for a different château. We have a sneak peek into one of the bedrooms that was possibly used by Catherine de' Medici or one of the later Bourbon monarchs (in the following image). A four-poster bed during the 16th or 17th century was a sign of wealth in those times.
Bamburgh Castle — England
Nestled on the north-eastern coast of England, this castle knocks the socks off your medieval-castle fairy-tale fantasies. The original castle goes way back to the 4th century to a time when this part of England was ruled by the Kingdom of Bernicia. The Kingdom of Bernicia? Yeah, us too; we haven’t heard of them either. Unsurprisingly, in the Middle Ages, a group of Vikings destroyed the original castle, and it was later rebuilt by the Normans.
In more recent history, a Victorian businessman, William Armstrong, bought the castle, and it is still owned by the Armstrong family. Inside, you can explore Cross Hall or the Great Hall, where you will be greeted with a wooden vaulted ceiling, portraits from yesteryears, huge tapestries lining the walls, and an exquisite fireplace.
A Merge of Cultures
The Bamburgh Castle presents many architectural styles and doesn't focus only on one. It merges together elements from Victorian, medieval, and Norman architectural styles. The sandstone gives it a unique appearance, which defers it from other castles built at around the same time. The number of historical events this place has witnessed is numerous, which makes this landmark even more interesting.
These days, the cattle is home to several museums, and it displays a remarkable collection of ancient armor that would impress any army these days. It also features unique pottery pieces, furniture artwork, and priceless historical documentation.