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30 Abandoned Castles That Are Hauntingly Beautiful

Rozafa Castle

Rozafa Castle is an Albanian wonder that sits near Shkoder. It was an Illyrian stronghold until the Romans captured it in 167 BC. The castle went through several sieges in its day until it was abandoned. The most recent siege actually occurred in 1912!

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Rochester Castle

Rochester Castle is one of the tallest keeps in England at 125 feet. This fortress was built in the 11th century and served as an essential military stronghold. King John actually sieged the barons hidden inside in the year 1215.

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Rochester Castle is one of the tallest keeps in England at 125 feet. This fortress was built in the 11th century and served as an essential military stronghold. King John actually sieged barons hidden inside in the year 1215.

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Squires Castle

Squires castle is a Tudor-style castle in Cleveland, Ohio. It was originally built for a caretaker in 1890 by Feargus B. Squire with the intention of building a larger structure for himself and his wife. Sadly, his wife died, and he sold the castle in 1922.

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Olsztyn Castle

Olsztyn Castle is located in Silesia, Poland. It was built into the limestone crags by King Casimir the Great. It’s been invaded several times over the years and was captured by the Swedish in 1655.

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Olsztyn Castle is located in Silesia, Poland. It was built into the limestone crags by King Casimir the Great. It’s been invaded several times over the years until it was captured by the Swedish in 1655.

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Chateau de Noisy

The castle is actually a neo-Gothic creation from Namur, Belgium. The castle was occupied by German forces during the Battle of the Bulge and was later used as an orphanage after the fall of Nazi Germany.

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Wyckoff Castle

Wyckoff Castle is built on Carleton Island in New York, America. It was once known as the grandest estate in the Thousand Islands, but it didn't last long. The owner invented the Remington typewriter and died in his sleep. One month later, his wife passed, and their son had no interest in living there. The last owner was General Electric, but no one lives there because it's in major disrepair.

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Wyckoff Castle is built on Carleton Island in New York, America. It was once known as the grandest estate in the Thousand Islands, but it didn't last long. The owner invented the Remington typewriter and died in his sleep. One month later, his wife passed, and their son had no interest in living there. The last owner was General Electric, but no one lives there as it's in major disrepair.

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Chateau Gaillard

This magnificent castle is found in Normandy, France. It was built by Richard the Lionheart and was viewed as impregnable until 1204 when it was captured by the French.

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Dunnottar Castle

In Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Dunnottar castle sits on high! The country has plenty of dramatic castles, but this one is the most magnificent. Both William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots once visited this place, so you should too!

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Gwyrch Castle

Gwyrch Castle sits in North Wales. This castle was passed down to heiress Winifred the Countess of Dundonald, where the couple entertained guests. Psychics now claim that this place is extremely haunted – believed to be the Countess herself!

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Castello di Sammezzano

This beautiful Italian castle is located just outside of Florence. It was built in 1605 for the Ximenes of Aragon. It has 365 rooms and was a luxury hotel before it slipped into abandonment.

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Dundas Castle

You can find Dundas Castle in New York’s Catskill Mountains. The beautiful castle took six years to complete. Dundas family lost the castle due to greedy castle caretakers. It was later used as a children’s camp and Masonic retreat.

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Spis Castle

Spis Castle can be found in Kosice, Slovakia. This impressive Gothic-Romanesque hybrid is one of Europe’s largest castles. It unfortunately burnt down in the 1700s but is still one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions.

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Ballycarbery Castle

Ballycarbery Castle is on the edge of Ireland’s coast in Count Kerry. Oliver Cromwell’s troops damaged the castle in 1652, and it was promptly abandoned. Now, it’s covered in ivy and grass.

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Rocca Calascio

This hauntingly beautiful castle sits in Calascio, Italy. Rocca Calascio is unique because you can see the original construction and where it was rebuilt and expanded. The walls changed, and it passed back and forth until it was abandoned.

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This hauntingly beautiful castle sits in Calascio, Italy. Rocca Calascio is unique because you can see the original construction, and where it was rebuilt and expanded. The walls changed, and it passed back and forth until it was abandoned.

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Wingfield Manor

This English castle was built in the mid-15th century and was a massive symbol of wealth during the Tudor dynasty -- even Mary, Queen of Scots, was a guest. It's open to the public for guided tours but has been abandoned for a while.

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Muromtzevo Castle

In Russia, the legend of Muromtzevo Castle dates back to the late 19th century. A Russian nobleman decided to put the skills of a famous architect to the test after a Frenchman’s insults. The architect designed the castle in German style with French touches. Unrest grew during the Russian Revolution and he had to flee the castle.

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Bannerman Castle

Another great New York castle! This massive structure served as a storage facility for ammunition in the wake of the Civil and Spanish-American wars until it was abandoned. It sits in Cold Spring if you want to visit.

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Altenstein

Altenstein sits in Bavaria, Germany. The lords of the castle moved to this spot in the early 13th century. The family eventually moved to a new place, and the original castle was left to decay.

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Kenilworth Castle

Kenilworth Castle is located in Warwickshire, England. Kenilworth Castle dates back to the 1120s and hosted many important events in English history, including a long siege in 1266. The castle was partially demolished during the English Civil War but still became a tourist attraction as early as the 18th century.

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Crac Des Chevaliers

Crac Des Chevaliers is in Syria! This is one of the best-preserved medieval castles around. It was built by the Knights Hospitaller, a medieval Catholic order. It’s now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Chateau d’Alleuze

This castle can be found in France – Cantral, Auvergne to be exact. It was occupied by English-sympathizing Bernard de Garlan for seven of the Hundred Years War. De Garlan created chaos for the locals, who burnt down the castle in revenge. It was rebuilt before falling to ruin later.

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Loarre Castle

This Romanesque castle sits in Huesca, Aragon, Spain. It was built in the 11th century and has been well preserved. You might recognize Loarre castle from The Kingdom of Heaven where it was featured.

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This Romanesque castle sits in Huesca, Aragon, Spain. It was built in the 11th century and has been well preserved. You might recognize Loarre castle from The Kingdom of Heaven where it was featured.

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Golconda

Colconda Castle, located near Hyderabad, India, was built in the 16th century by the Qutb Shahi dynasty. It was once home to the infamous Koh-i-Noor diamond.

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Krzyztopor Castle

Krzyztopor Castle is located in Poland. It was completed in 1644 and was pillaged by invading Swedes soon after. It was then seized by the Russians 100 years later only to be abandoned soon after.

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Hearthstone Castle

This masterpiece can be found in America! Hearthstone Castle is located in Connecticut. It was originally built by E. Starr Sanford in 1897, where his family lived for five years. It’s been abandoned since 1985, but people still visit to see a ghostly dog and man that still roam the property.

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Morano Calabro

Located in southern Italy, Morano Calabro sits abandoned, but it was once home of lords and princes. Right next to it sits the Palace of Princes, which makes a great sight for anyone visiting Cosenza.

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Cesis Castle

Cesis Castle is a Latvian castle that attracts tourists on a regular basis. It was partly destroyed during the Great Northern War but was rebuilt after several invasions by Count Carl Sievers.

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Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle is located in East Sussex, England. It was built at the end of the 14th century and was designed to impress visitors. It's surrounded by a moat, but the beautiful outside hides the fact that the mansion is in complete disrepair on the inside.

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Bodiam Castle is located in East Sussex, England. It was built at the end of the 14th century and was designed to impress visitors. It's surrounded by a boat, but the beautiful outside hides the fact that the mansion is in complete disrepair on the inside.

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Kilchurn Castle

Kilchurn Castle was first constructed in the mid-15th century by the Campbells of Glenorchy. The family became Earls of Breadalbane and moved to Taymouth Castle, and left Kilchurn to rot. It was in ruins by 1770. It's now open to the public and in the care Historic Environment Scotland.

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Sibley Castle

Sibley Mansion, located in Pennsylvania, was once owned by Joseph Sibley, who founded Galena-Signal Oil. Sibley had a lot of wealth and was even a friend of President McKinley. The mansion was built in 1913, and Sibley lived there until his death.

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