Like spectacular abandoned mansions, castles come in many shapes and sizes and can be found all across the world. From ancient to modern, ruined to preserved, miniature to mighty, their unmistakable forms dominate cliff-tops and mountainsides from Europe to the Middle East and beyond. This article explores a wide variety, from the rumoured birthplace of King Arthur to crusader castles and those that inspired Walt Disney. If there’s one thing these castles have in common, it’s their commanding positions, often precariously positioned on rocky outcrops towering over the surrounding land.
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