But what happens when people no longer care for these huge architectual monuments? Do they get torn down? Were they burned in battle? Do they just silently sit there waiting for someone to save them? Or do they just wait for someone to imagine life as it once was?
Maybe they are waiting for authors to use them as backdrops for a story so they may come alive again and live again in another generation. Maybe they just need star crossed lovers or mythical creatures woven back into them. Maybe what they truly need is just someone to appreciate the beauty that is lurking in their shadows, reminding us that time can truly ravage anything no matter how magical they might seem.
I, for one, am a dreamer. I can close my eyes and see the dragons circling the sky with their wings stretched wide, the witches casting protection spells with magic swirling around them, the princesses running down the grand staircases leaving behind a glass slipper and elves lurking in the forest. I have an imagination that can run W-I-L-D. I can see the lapse in time where these buildings can be restored and all things mythical and mystical woven back in to them. Just as I believe that people deserve second chances, I think the same can be said about these castles. Even if they are only restored in the pages of a book, flying on the creativity of an author.
When these castles are abandoned and allowed to melt back into their surroundings they take on an entirely different persona. They become one with the magic that exists everyday, from the little seed that grows the giant redwood tree to the entire islands that disappear beneath our ocean waves.
Here are some of my favorites of both abandoned and restored castles:
Chateau Miranda or Chateau de Noisy, Belgium
|Front view of an amazingly beautiful abandoned castle|
Chillon Castle, Switzerland
Clifden Castle, Ireland
|How can you not see the dragons sweeping across the sky?|
Dromore Castle, Ireland
|Can you see the magic around it?|
Neidpath Castle, Scotland
Ardverikie House, Scotland
Lennox Castle, Scotland
|This one looks like a prime spot for a nest of dragons!|
Swallow's Nest Castle, Ukraine
|I can see Naval battles being waged!|
Castle of Presule, Italy
Ancient Castle, Trzebnica, Poland
Bojnice Castle, Slovakia
Château de la Forêt, Belgium
Pepoli Castle, Sicily, Italy
|Looks perfect for an evil witch!|
Mont Saint Michel, France
|The stuff Fairy Tales are made of!|
Please note, each image is linked back to it's owners!