Castles, for the romantics among us, personify the age-old ideals of chivalry and the loyalty that comes with epic wars, as well as selfless devotion to the throne. However, once we put the romantic notions aside, we can look at the important role castles have played in the world’s history, particularly European history. The word castle originates from the Latin word castrum, which literally means “fortified place” as the earliest parts of almost all the castles still standing today were built as fortresses to protect local inhabitants from invading armies.
When looking at the world’s oldest castles, it’s obvious that the grand buildings that still stand today were designed or completed in stages after the original fortress was built. Despite the fact that many have undergone substantial restoration work over the years, the majority of them are extremely popular tourist destinations and are open to the general public.
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