Rocca Calascio Sunrise
Photograph by Simone Angelucci, National Geographic Your Shot
The first light to Rocca Calascio, a medieval castle in the Province of L'Aquila, Abruzzo, Italy.
Photograph by Andrius Jonusas, National Geographic Your Shot
The 17th-century Panemune Castle in Lithuania opened in 2013 after renovations.
Querini Castle, Greece
Photograph by george papapostolou, National Geographic Your Shot
This historic castle overlooks the town of Chora on Astypalaia, a Greek island in the southeastern Aegean Sea.
Palace of the Winds, India
Photograph by Ruzely Abdullah, National Geographic Your Shot
A woman stands in front of the pink sandstone walls of Hawa Mahal, or “Palace of the Winds,” in Jaipur, India.
Anapji, South Korea
Photograph by Scott Rotzoll, National Geographic Your Shot
Located in Gyeongju National Park in South Korea, Anapji, also known as Anap Pond, belongs to a palace complex built during the Silla dynasty.
Lindisfarne Castle, England
Photograph by Martin Castellan, National Geographic Your Shot
This Northumberland castle, located on Holy Island, dates back to the 16th century, when it was primarily used as a fort against invading Scots and Vikings. It sits at the highest point of the island—a whinstone hill known as Beblowe.
Schwerin Palace, Germany
Photograph by J. Liu, National Geographic Your Shot
This tenth-century German castle currently serves as the seat of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state parliament. The palace’s ghost, Petermännchen, is said to still roam the halls.
Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, India
Photograph by Madhusudanan Parthasarathy, National Geographic Your Shot
A woman in a dress matching the palatial ceiling stands in Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal, a 17th-century palace in Madurai, India. Today, the palace is protected under Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department as a national monument.
Narin Castle, Iran
Photograph by Mohamad Nouri, National Geographic Your Shot
The Narin Castle is a mud-brick fort in the town of Meybod, Iran. Today, the castle’s future is in jeopardy. Locals use the site as a garbage dump.
Neuhaus Castle, Germany
Photograph by Todd Wright, National Geographic Your Shot
Built in the style of the Weser Renaissance, this German castle served as the seat of the prince-bishops of the city of Paderborn. “Skies were overcast for most of the day in Paderborn,” writes photographer Todd Wright, “however, as we were leaving, the sun broke through the clouds for a few minutes to show some of the beauty of Neuhaus Castle.”
Castel Sant'Angelo, Italy
Photograph by Karen McDonald, National Geographic Your Shot
The cylindrical Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome, Italy, overlooks the Tiber River. It now functions as a museum.
Spellbound in Neuschwanstein, Germany
Photograph by Mira P., National Geographic Your Shot
This 19th-century Bavarian castle served as the inspiration for many of Walt Disney's castles.
Kilchurn Castle, Scotland
Photograph by Graham Harris Graham, Your Shot
Kilchurn Castle, or "Fort of the Narrow Rock," is sometimes blocked off by higher-than-usual water levels in Loch Awe, located in Argyll and Bute, Scotland.
Taj Lake Palace, India
Photograph by Raymond Liu, National Geographic Your Shot
Taj Lake Palace, a luxury hotel located on a natural, four-acre rock foundation in Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India, glistens under the early morning sunlight. The palace was built between 1743 and 1746.
Biltmore Estate, United States
Photograph by Jiahe Gu, National Geographic Your Shot
Built by George Vanderbilt, this 8,000-acre mansion in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is the largest privately owned house in the United States.
Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland
Photograph by Graham Harris Graham, National Geographic Your Shot
Overcast skies and slack water produce a haunting atmosphere around Eilean Donan Castle in the western Highlands of Scotland.
Jahangir Mahal, India
Photograph by Devesh Uba, National Geographic Your Shot
This Indian palace is a famous monument for both local and foreign tourists.
Château de l’Islette, France
Photograph by Laurent M., National Geographic Your Shot
This castle is one of many located in the Loire Valley region of central France and once played host to famous artists like Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.
Karim Khani Castle, Iran
Photograph by Saleh Daliryan, National Geographic Your Shot
Part of the Golestan Palace complex in Tehran, Iran, Khalvat Karim Khani was built in 1759 and features a small marble throne inside its terrace.
Loarre Castle, Spain
Photograph by Sebastian Wasek, National Geographic Your Shot
Verdant hills surround Spain's Loarre Castle. The complex was built largely during the 11th and 12th centuries.
Hawa Mahal, India
Photograph by Miora Rajaonary, National Geographic Your Shot
Hawa Mahal, located in Jaipur, glows in the Indian sunset.
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