Lottery Players | Take a world trip to great castles!
Castles have always held a special mystic with tales of rich and powerful kings and queens. There are extraordinary castles all over the world and with a win from The Lottery Centre, making a world trip to see these castles would be well worth the price of a ticket.
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Here are five world famous castles lottery players will want to see.
Windsor Castle – England
The most well known castle in the world has been home to royalty for over 900 years. It is the oldest and largest occupied castle and one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth ll. Sitting on 13 acres above the river Thames, this Georgian Victorian and Gothic castle was built to guard the city of London. More than 500 people live and work here and it remains an important ceremonial location. With its towers, elegant treasure filled staterooms, chapels and the changing of the guard, pageantry still exists at Windsor Castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle – Germany
German for “New Swanstone Castle”, this 1869 Romanesque palace was built for Louis ll (Mad King Ludwig) as a retreat for the shy king to withdraw from public life. Sitting on a high point in the Bavarian Alps it is set with towers, spires, and conveniences revolutionary for its time such as running water, automatic flushing toilets, warm air heating and large windowpanes. This palace was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and more than 60 million people have visited the site.
Palace of Versailles – France
This masterpiece of King Louis XlV is one of the largest and most beautiful castles in the world. Built to show the king’s royal power and impress visitors, the state treasury was almost depleted during its construction. Located on the edge of Paris, the palace has 350 living spaces, 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces and 67 staircases. It is open to visitors to view the glamour such as the Hall of Mirrors, magnificent gardens and the king’s grand apartments.
Himeji Castle – Japan
Known as “White Heron Castle” in Japan because of its brilliant white exterior and resemblance to a bird taking flight, this beautiful palace has been designated as a national treasure and world heritage site. It is one of the best-preserved examples of medieval castle architecture in all of Japan. Sitting on a flattened hill in the centre of Himeji city, it is a complex of 83 buildings covering 576 acres with extensive gates, moats, turrets and maze of passageways. The castle is said to be haunted by a servant girl who was falsely accused of losing valuable family dishes.
Hearst Castle – United States
Built in 1919 by publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, this castle, called “the ranch” by Hearst was often visited by the Hollywood and political elite of the time. Located in San Simeon, California it has a 16th century inspired Spanish cathedral façade and boasts 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, 3 pools, 127 acres of gardens, tennis courts, movie theatre, an airfield and a zoo. The highlight is an outdoor Neptune pool located near the edge of the hilltop with an ancient Roman temple front. The castle is a Historical State Monument open to the public.
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