Cultural Cruise to the Castles of the World

     I don’t know about you, but castles have always fascinated me. They are filled with story about how they were built, and why they were built. Imagine a cultural cruise to the castles of the world. For starters, the Chateau de Vincennes in the Loire Valley in France is a magnificent link to the Middle Ages. Unesco designates places all over the world which the world heritage committee deems culturally significant or having universal value in some way. There are 936 properties around the world with this designation. A further distinction is cultural, natural and mixed. France has 37 world heritage properties, and the majority of these properties are castles and cathedrals.

The Loire Valley is an outstanding cultural landscape of great beauty, containing historic towns and villages, great architectural monuments (the châteaux), and cultivated lands formed by many centuries of interaction between their population and the physical environment, primarily the river Loire itself.

 

Castle Loire Valley

Azay-le-Rideau, château on the Indre and the Loire. Was built between 1518 and 1529 for a french financier Gilles berthelot-Photo by Ranveig

 

Castles were created during Roman times, each one having a story that reflects the way that they marked and sealed off the rest of the world with moats and fortresses. The structures are magnificent links to culture and history, as well as visual wonders of the Middle Ages. Perhaps it is time to take a cultural cruise to the castles of the world. Visit Unesco’s site for more information about the Loire Valley. For a visual cultural cruise to the castles of the world, go here for a pictorial castle feast of all the castles of the world.

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