Due to the current global situation, travel restrictions and borders remain closed in most countries. Traveling may be complicated right now, but Art In Voyage is here to inspire you and keep you dreaming. We hope our inspirational trip ideas help you plan in advance for your next adventure. Around the world, millions of tourists flock to notorious castles and ancient architectural structures. The question is – what makes them return year after year? There’s something magical about wandering through temples, ornate rooms, and manicured gardens of the grand palaces and castles, and getting a glimpse into the lives of Royalty.
The Louvre Museum, Paris (France)
The U-shaped Louvre Museum is located in Paris, France. The building was extended and renovated many times. It is a housed generation of the French kings and emperors beginning in the 12th century and remnants of the original fortress that occupied the site (built for King Philippe II in 1190) can be seen in the basement of the museum. The Louvre Palace houses the largest museum in the world, opened at the end of the eighteenth century, the Louvre is the country’s most renowned museum and one of the most visited in the world, currently receives over 8 million visitors each year. Before it opened as a museum, King Charles V and Philippe II chose the palace as their residence, decorating it with their ever-growing art collections like the most impressive paintings on display of Mona Lisa, Liberty leading the people and The Wedding at Cana.
The Grand Palace, Bangkok (Thailand)
Located at the heart of Bangkok, Thailand, the Grand Palace was a former residence for Thai Kings from 1782 to 1925. Today, the place is used for hosting royal ceremonies and welcoming the king’s guests, State guests, and other foreign dignitaries. It is also a place where remains of kings and high-ranked members of the royal family were situated before cremation. The grand palace is divided into two main zones, which are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence. Every visitor to Bangkok should see the magnificent buildings within the Grand Palace compound to get a feeling of the grandeur architectural style.
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland (U.K)
Edinburgh Castle is situated on Castle Rock in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Castle Rock formed after a volcano erupted over 340 million years ago. The first castle that existed on the rock was known as “The Castle of the Maidens”. This historic stronghold sheltered Scottish monarchs like Queen Margaret and Mary, Queen of Scots during times of unrest. The castle became a military base and royal residence for centuries, also serving as a jail for prisoners of war.
Alhambra Palace, Granada (Spain)
The Alhambra is an ancient palace, fortress, and citadel located in Granada, Spain. The eighth-century-old site was named for the reddish walls and towers that surrounded the citadel: al-qal’a al-hamra in Arabic means red fort or castle. In 1984, the Alhambra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after being refined and expanded over centuries. This hilltop palace combines fortifications, gardens, churches, and several palaces, notably the Alhambra, and the Generalife, the country estate of the kings of Grenada and Andalusia. Both are remarkable examples of Islamic architecture from Spain’s medieval period.
The Prague Castle (Czech Republic)
Located in Prague, Czech Republic. The castle was founded in the 9th century and became the seat of Czech rulers and later presidents. The castle is one of the largest complexes in the world, made up of historical palaces, offices, church and fortification buildings, gardens, and picturesque spots. The Czech president now lives in the Prague castle, while most areas are open to tourists who stroll through the palace, buildings, and museums like the Prague Castle picture gallery. The castle covers an area of 45 hectares. The panoramic view of Prague castle is one of the most spectacular castles in the world.
Palace of Versailles (France)
Attracting over 8 million visitors a year, the Palace of Versailles is one of France’s most popular tourist destinations. With the reopening of the Queen’s grand apartment and new presentations of Louis XIVs rooms, the Palace has exciting things in store every year for its visitors. No other palace in the world can match the grandeur of Versailles’s Hall of Mirrors, dripping with chandeliers, and Marie Antoinette’s bedroom, decorated with hand-stitched flowers. In 1607 the Palace was chosen to be the first hunting expedition, where two modest castles were set up as small hunting lodge and in September 1783, Versailles was the setting for the first hot air balloon flight.
Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna (Austria)
This important architectural, cultural, and historic monument is located in Hietzing, Vienna, Austria. Schönbrunn Palace, is the most visited site in this Rococo palace, a summer retreat for Hapsburg emperors from the 1700s until 1918. Of the 1,441 rooms, the most famous is the Mirror Room, with white and gold Rococo decoration and crystal mirrors, where Mozart is said to have performed his first concert at age six.