Although we all know fairytales don’t exist (unless, of course, you’re Kate Middleton), there will always be something magical and intriguing about castles. Whether it is their incredible history, grandeur or stunning architecture, they remain one of the top tourist destinations throughout the world. Here are five of the world’s most incredible castles.
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Located in Barcelona within the architectural Park Güell garden complex is the Gaudí House, the former home of world-renown Antoni Gaudí, a Spanish Catalan architect known for his uncompromising, zany and dramatic style featured most saliently in Barcelona’s Sagrada Família cathedral. The Gaudí House, which was home to the architect from 1906 to 1925, is now open to the public, giving tourists and locals a chance for an in-depth look into one of the well-known architect’s most intimate haunts.
Gaudí was born in 1852 in Reus, though he spent most of his time in Barcelona, where he studied, worked, and lived with his family. In 1878, he finally earned his architect’s diploma, and worked on a number of projects during and after his schooling at the University of Barcelona and Barcelona Province School of Architecture. In 1926, after decades of working as a successful architect, Gaudí died three days after a tram struck him while he was walking home.
This 82-dome stunner is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates, and rightly so. Seeking to unite the cultural diversity within Islam, architecture and art, the Abu Dhabi mosque boasts a 40,000 people-plus capacity and the site is roughly the length of five football fields.
Meet Mike and Natalie Young, a newly-wed couple who opted to convert a 1978 Bluebird bus into their future domicile. Yes, you read that correctly: they turned a 300 square foot school bus into their house! Dubbed ‘Rosie’, the bus is complete with a kitchen, living space, and bedroom in an open floor concept from front to back. And even better? Rosie only cost $3000! See below for wonderful pictures of Mike and Natalie’s amazing home in a bluebird bus:
In Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot”, he remarks frequently on what an alien might glean about humans if it were to visit Earth. Sagan thought that one of the alien’s most salient take aways would be our obsession with geometry and symmetry. In “Mirror City,” a time-lapse of the United States’ greatest cities from Chicago to San Diego, the creator takes that obsession to a kaleidoscopic and entrancing new level.
While oral tradition suggests Bath to be much older, the present-day resort town was “first” discovered by the Romans around 60 AD under the name Aquae Sulis. The area’s spa heritage continued on for several centuries and by 1987, it was deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.