Sunday, February 28, 2010

Peles Castle, Romania

Beautiful Peles Castle, near Sinia, Romania is really more of a palace rather than a castle. Yet no matter what you call it, it is a magnificent example of interior craftsmanship and certainly one of Europe’s most beautiful castles or palaces. The construction of the castle began in 1873 under the supervision of Wilhem Doderer, a Viennese architect, for Romania’s King Carol I.

Even our three-star hotel, next to the castle, was a delight to look at:

A statue gazes through her plastic protection from winter rains to the castle's beautiful grounds:

A castle's tower and turret:

A pretty grate covers a courtyard window:

The half timbered courtyard facade with magnificent carvings and stained glass windows:

An ornate bell holder:

Stained glass skylight:

A golden ceiling:

A beautifully carved spiral staircase:

What a pretty door!

The King's office:

The Moorish Salon:

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