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Peleș Castle – Sinaia – Romania

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In the vast entirety of the European continent there are many fortresses, castle, and monuments which are worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. One such castle is the Peles Castle which is located amongst the Carpathian Mountains of Sinaia in Romania. Built on the Neo-Renaissance style of architecture, the construction of the Peles Castle started in the year 1873. Currently it is 60 km from Brasov and 135 km from Bucharest.

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The inspiration for the Peles Castle was the Romanian King Carol I and it is also known to be his final resting place. He chose the location of the castle such that he can name it on the brooks which pass through the courtyard. The design of the castle was first created by a German architect named Johannes Schultz and were further perfected by another architect Carol Benesch. In between the years 1893 and 1914, the castle also got some expansions by architect Karel Liman. Such is the design of the Peles Castle that it appears to be a mixture of European style such as that from Italy and Germany which have then got merged with the Renaissance concepts.

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The structure of the Peles Castle is made out of stone, bricks, and marbles and it has 170 rooms which have artworks of alpine architecture of carved wood. There is also a number of hand painted murals which depict themes taken from the cultures across the world. The other pieces of art include gold and silver plates, vases, crystal chandeliers, stained glasses, china, tapestries, and so on. One of the attractions of the Peles Castle is the collection of 2,000 paintings which are the most treasured ones of Europe. On the entrance is the huge statue of King Carol I which leads to a garden designed on the Renaissance style.  Within the complex of the Peles Castle are other buildings like the Guard’s Chamber, The Economat Building, The Foisor Hunting House, The Royal Stables, an electric power plant which made the castle to be a first one to get supported by self generated electricity.

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The Peles Castle saw the Romanian War of Independence during its constructions after which though the royal family continued to live their but the rule of communism, in 1947, seized the entire property from them. Around 1953, the castle was turned in to a museum however, with the coming of Nicolae Ceausescu, the entire estate got closed. In was in 2006 that the Peles Castle, under a tryst between the Romanian government and monarchy again opened for public and now gets about half a million visitors every year.

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Currently, the Peles Castle and museum holds tours of one hour in between 9am to 5pm from Wednesday to Sundays which covers all four floors of the castle. The worth visiting areas include the Honour Hall, the Imperial Suite, the Grand Armoury or the Arsenal, the Small Armoury, the Moorish Salon, the Turkish Parlour, the Florentine Room, to name some.

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