One of the great bargains Europe it is precisely the fact that almost everything there is very old, something totally different for us Brazilians, who do not assimilate how old a city can be, taking into account our own history of just over 500 years.

Despite the numerous buildings and ancient monuments spread across the continent, nothing is more representative of this millenary history than the countless medieval castles that exist there. You castles they represent the times of royalty and the countless wars and other conflicts that European peoples went through in times when Brazil didn't even appear on the map. For those who like history and appreciate the feeling of feeling small in front of something so majestic and rich in historical heritage, here we present some of the most amazing european medieval era castles to travel back in time.

Bodiam Castle

Located in East Sussex, England, the Bodiam Castle it's a cstartel considered modern for the time. Built in 1385, the building takes with it rustic aspects of the medieval era, but also presents certain modernities such as glass in the windows and running water in one of the bathrooms.

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Glass at that time was considered expensive objects and restricted to the wealthy, in the case of the Bodiam Castle, the glasses were temporary. They traveled with the owner wherever he went and were only installed in castle windows when the owner was present.

The castle, built to protect against French invasions during the 100 Years' War, is very well preserved. The ruins manage to convey the idea of how the rooms were divided and its drawbridge is intact to this day.

Tours run daily from 10:30am to 5pm and cost £7.80.

photo: Steve Major

Neuschwanstein Castle

This German castle has a fantastic architecture that served as an inspiration for Walt Disney himself when he created Cinderella's castle, today a symbol of Disney companies.

Built at the end of the century. 19 o Neuschwanstein Castle It was commissioned by the then King of Bavaria, Ludwig II. Today, it is one of the most photographed buildings in Germany and requires over 11 million euros annually to maintain it.

The castle complex extends over 6,000 square meters articulated on four floors and numerous towers, with a height of up to 80 meters.

THE castle it can be regarded as a monument dedicated to Richard Wagner, whom Louis II greatly admired. Many of its rooms are inspired by operas by the German composer, especially the one that tells the legend of Lohengrin, the Swan Knight. The name of the castle comes from there.

King Ludwig II was considered insane and died before the castle was completed. For this reason only 14 rooms were properly decorated and the Throne Room remains without a throne, which was not completed before the monarch's death.

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photo: Andrew Czap

Valentino Castle

Located in Italy, the Valentino Castle it was originally built as a residence for the royal family of Turin, the Savoys in the mid-16th century. The front facade in the French style and the back facade facing the River Po in the classic Italian style illustrate the union of the Duke of Savoy, Vitor Amadeu I and Princess Christine Marie of France.

The name of castle it is a tribute to Saint Valentinus, a Roman priest who performed weddings at the time when Emperor Claudius II forbade them.

In the decades following the death of the Savoys, geometrically designed botanical gardens were added, incorporated into the original gardens of Castle Valentino from 1730. Managed by the University of Turin, the gardens still flourish centuries later and are open on weekends. Visitation is free. Walk through the gardens to take pictures of the side of the castle and admire the 2,000 species of plants that exist there.

Since the times of the Seboia, the castle has served as a veterinary school, barracks, Royal School of Application for Engineers of the Faculty of Architecture of the Polytechnic University, a function it continues today.

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Photo: Flávio Cruvinel Brandão

Warwick Castle

THE Warwick Castle, located in the eponymous town in the county of Warwickshire, in England dates from the times of the Norman invasion of the country. Built by William the Conqueror in 1068, it was used as a fort and home for the Earls of Warwick. The last owners were the Greville family who, at the beginning of the 20th century. 17 converted the castle on the hill, on the banks of the River Avon, into a country house.

Today, it belongs to the Tussauds Group, the same of the famous wax museums, which opens the castle doors now as a medieval museum. The visit transports the tourist to the times of the Middle Ages. Not only the well-preserved building, but also the reception made by actors dressed in character help to create the historic atmosphere.

Among the attractions inside the castle, one that stands out is The Castle Dungeon, in which actors relive the most horrifying stories of the castle's dungeons and interact with visitors (a game for those with nerves of steel and not suitable for children) and the Mound (or mound), which is the highest part of the complex and where was the original castle created in the 11th century by William the Conqueror. There you have an incredible view of the complex, the River Avon and also the city of Warwick.

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Photo: Leslie Bailey

Frederiksborg Castle

THE Frederiksborg Castle is the biggest castle in Scandinavia, was built by King Christian IV in the 16th century. 17 to be a royal residence. The building in the small town of Hillerød majestically shows the influence of Renaissance art in its architecture and its name, in honor of King Frederick II, symbolizes the period of absolute monarchy in Denmark.

Since 1878, the castle has housed the National History Museum whose collection spans 500 years of Danish history, from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. XXI.

Strolling through the gardens, towers and bridges of the beautiful castle is completely free and a very pleasant walk, especially during the summer and spring when the green takes over the gardens.

The museum, on the other hand, takes at least 2 hours of visit to appreciate all the rooms. Entrance costs 75 Danish krone for adults, 20kr for children and teenagers aged 6-15 and 60kr for students and over 60s. Opening hours are from 10 am to 5 pm during the months of April to October and from 11 am to 3 pm from November to March.

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Photo: Rene Eriksen

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