Castle, a private fortified residence for a noble or lord, is a fortress which gives protection to its village from enemy attack. It was popular during the Middle Ages – the first formal castle was built in 1066. It was introduced by William the Conqueror when he invaded England where he constructed his castles called motte and bailey castles.

Many popular castles are constructed in Europe – it is because Europe, together with Middle East, was the founding place of the first medieval castles. Now, there are lots of modern castle designs which were restored from its original medieval designs bringing with it the interesting historical significance of the fortified structure.

Here’s a collection of the most beautiful modern and medieval castle designs showing the architectural glory of different countries around the world. Though castles were built hundreds of years ago, there are still some well-preserved castles or those who have been restored to house museums which are worth to pay a visit.

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Hunyad Castle

Hunyad Castle

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

Malbork Castle

Malbork Castle

Löwenburg Castle

Löwenburg Castle

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace

Alcazar of Segovia

Alcazar of Segovia

Arg-é Bam

Arg-é Bam

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

Burghausen Castle

Burghausen Castle

Krak de Chevaliers

Krak de Chevaliers

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Modern Castle Designs: Mehrangarh Fort

Modern Castle Designs: Mehrangarh Fort

Palacio de Pena

Palacio de Pena

The Swallow’s Nest

The Swallow’s Nest

Potala Palace

Potala Palace

Medieval Castle Designs: Spiš Castle

Medieval Castle Designs: Spiš Castle

Kolossi Castle

Kolossi Castle

Castel de Monte

Castel de Monte

Predjama Castle

Predjama Castle

Inside the Castle

Inside the Castle

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island

Conwy Castle, North Wales

Conwy Castle, North Wales

Medieval Castle Designs: The Citadel of Aleppo

Medieval Castle Designs: The Citadel of Aleppo

Edzell Castle

Edzell Castle

Castle on the Lake

Castle on the Lake

Modern Castle Designs: Château de Versailles

Modern Castle Designs: Château de Versailles

Castle Frankenstein

Castle Frankenstein

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