Have you ever thought about living in one of Disney’s fairytale castles? Most are naturally keen to experiment; The castles have charm and appeal, due to their mystery and tall towers, in addition to their great halls that contain legendary stories and tales. These castles take us to a world of imagination, and take us back to childhood; Where exciting Disney films, romantic stories and Disney princesses, who does not remember Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty Brave, Tangled, Frozen… and other films that always make the castle the base. Where did Disney get inspiration from designing these castles?
1- Taj Mahal.. Aladdin movie
There is a great similarity between the palace of Sultan Aghribah in the film Aladdin, and the mausoleum of the Taj Mahal in India. In fact, the Taj Mahal is not a palace, but rather a tomb for the Sultan’s wife, and the Sultan of Aghriba in the movie Aladdin was a widow, and Yasmine, the heroine of the movie, used the palace as saw a kind of prison.
The Taj Mahal is a large mausoleum located in India. It took almost 22 years to build to reach the image it is. It was built of white marble by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1653, in memory of his wife, and the marble in which the palace was built was brought from all over India and Central Asia, and helped make the mausoleum 22 000 workers to build. and 1,000 elephants, the final cost was 32 million rupees. The construction was completed in 1653. The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful architectural buildings and a tourist destination in India, visited by millions of tourists from all over the world every year. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, chosen in 2007.
2- Neuschwanstein Castle.. Sleeping Beauty
It is one of Germany’s famous landmarks, and serves as the inspiration for the castle in the movie Sleeping Beauty, and the queen’s castle in the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The castle – which is originally a church – dates back to the Roman era, and Disney was inspired by the bright colors and design, and it even became the inspiration for its logo.
It is one of the most visited places in Germany, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria near the city of Füssen. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “King of Fairy Tales”. King Ludwig was a great fan and supporter of Richard Wagner, the world famous composer. Neuschwanstein Castle was built in his honor, and many of the rooms within the castle were inspired by Wagner’s characters.
While the appearance of Neuschwanstein Palace is medieval, the interior was equipped with the latest technology of the time. For example, on each floor of the castle there were toilets with an automatic cleaning system, as well as an air heating system for the entire castle. Water was supplied by a nearby spring which was located only 200 meters above the castle. The third floor in particular reflects Ludwig’s admiration for Wagner’s operas, and the Singers’ Hall, which occupies the entire fourth floor in Neuschwanstein, contains figures from Wagner’s operas.
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3- Notre Dame Cathedral.. The Hunchback Of Notro Dame
The cathedral that appeared in the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the same cathedral of Notre Dame that is located in the heart of Paris; The church is one of the world’s finest examples of French Gothic architecture with flying buttresses and stained glass. The film is the thirty-fourth Walt Disney film that tells the story of the famous author Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame Cathedral was built 850 years ago and has played an important role in many historical focal points. It has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world and is visited by nearly 13 million people every year.
Work began on the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île des Cités in the middle of the Seine in Paris in 1163 under King Louis VII.
The foundation stone of the cathedral was laid in the presence of Pope Alexander III, but the construction of the cathedral was not completed until 1345.
Since its completion, the cathedral has become the scene of many historical events. In 1431, the Englishman Henry VI was crowned King of France at the cathedral. The cathedral also witnessed the coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor in 1804. Joan of Arc was canonized in the cathedral, which also witnessed the memorials of presidents Charles de Gaulle and François Mitterrand.
4- Le Mont Saint Michel… Corona Castle in Rapunzel’s Tangled
Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in France, perched atop the highest point on a rocky island, looks like a fortified castle surrounded by ancient walls and bastions. It is the third place visited by tourists in France after the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles.
Tangled of Rapunzel is one of Disney’s most famous works, and it cost more to produce than any other movie in the company’s history; Where he appears in the film is a magnificent castle inhabited by the king and queen, a castle that borrows most of its architecture from the castle of Mont-Saint-Michel.
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5- Elsa’s frozen castle in Frozen
You must have seen the animated movie “Frozen”, where everything turns into ice, including Elsa’s castle… Have you ever thought that this is a reality?!
Of course, in Canada, that country near the North Pole and the Arctic Ocean, an ice hotel was completely opened, and about 40,000 tons of ice were used in its construction.
The Hôtel Douglas ice hotel, located in the resort of Valcarte, Quebec, Canada, includes rooms, a bar, a lounge and even a wedding chapel for those who want to live in a snowy environment with temperatures of minus 5 degrees.
The hotel includes 21 rooms and suites, carved with ice artwork, as well as hot tubs and sauna under the stars.
Highlights of the hotel include the large ice sculptures that can be found as you wander its corridors, while the ice restaurant also has ice tables and sofas, and you can relax on it with all comfort, and food is served in it while drinks are served in craft glasses of snow . The hotel is run from January to March every year. And Arendelle Castle in the same movie is Eltz Castle in Germany, which overlooks green grounds, features a bridge that gives its owners easy access to the town, and contains many rooms, a grand ballroom, a library and a courtyard.
6- Chambor Castle .. is the castle of the beast in the movie Beauty and the Beast
Chambord Castle is one of the luxurious castles of France that was built during the Renaissance by order of King François I in Chambord. It is one of the most distinguished castles of France; It is built in the style of medieval castles, and has a spacious quadrangular shape, its length is 156 meters, its width is 117 meters, and it is surrounded by 4 round towers. However, it differs from the usual castles with its many windows, the steep and thin roofs on the towers, and the light chimneys on these roofs.
Set in a forest, the castle features 60 rooms, a beautiful ballroom and a private library full of books from floor to ceiling, overlooking 90 hectares of parkland and woodland.
Within the central part of the main tower of the castle are two characteristic amphitheatres; Where two people can go up or down without meeting. The two steps reached the roof of the main tower, or lantern, from where noble women followed the course of hunting in the nearby forest.
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7- Chillon Castle is Prince Eric’s castle in The Little Mermaid
Disney’s design for Prince Eric’s castle, which appeared in the movie The Little Mermaid, was inspired by the castle of Chillon in Switzerland, built in Lake Geneva, specifically located at the eastern end of the lake on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve; What makes it the alpine valley of the Rhône Chillon.
Consisting of a hundred independent buildings, the castle contained many rooms, four great halls, three courtyards and a series of bedrooms, including the bedroom of the Countess of Savoy, as well as a medieval kitchen and other sunken furniture.
The castle also includes a beautiful museum, which displays its history from the beginning of its foundation to the present; It dates back to 1005-1160 of the twelfth century.
Called the island castle or the water castle, it is the most visited historical building in Switzerland; It is visited by more than 350,000 tourists every year.
8- Machu Picchu.. is the village of Pasha in the film The Emperor’s New Groove
Inca ruins 8,000 feet above sea level in Peru inspired the village of Pacha in The Emperor’s New Life, and Machu Picchu has become a major tourist attraction in Peru, Latin America, and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World .
The city of Machu Picchu was built by the Inca people in the fifteenth century. This city is located in Cuzco in Peru between two mountains of the Andes mountain range at an altitude of 2340 meters above sea level, and on both sides is an abyss with a height of about 600 meters. The city was discovered by the American explorer Hiram Bingham on July 24, 1911, and it is covered with dense tropical forests, and the interesting thing is that this city was discovered by chance, when Hiram was looking for after the traces of the Incas destroyed by the Spaniards, and after climbing a mountain wall, surrounded by many rocks and obscure from the valley, and the entrance was blocked by an earthquake, many years ago. He saw the walls covered with papers and the houses carefully arranged; This indicates that a great city was established in this place so that he discovered this city hidden in the clouds with its wonderful organization and construction. Then Machu Picchu began to show its wonderful civilization to the modern world bit by bit.
The city is built in a modern style. Every year it contains neat streets, buildings, palaces, temples, gardens, irrigation canals and swimming pools.
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9- Duntar Castle.. the residence of the prince in the movie Brave
Brave tells the story of a princess named Merida who defies an ancient convention; Which caused chaos in the kingdom when she declared that she did not want to be engaged. The film debuted on June 10, 2012 and won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature, and British Academy Film Awards for Best Animated Feature. Dontar Castle, which briefly received the design of the castle, is located in the north-east of the coast of Scotland, on high rocky ground, and its construction dates from the Middle Ages; It played an important part in the history of Scotland; Due to its strategic location during the period spanning from the Middle Ages to the Age of Enlightenment.
10- Angkor Wat Castle..Atlantis movie
Atlantis has had its share of Disney movies, and has been inspired by a host of locations, including the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia; Where the temple was actually founded by the ancient Babylonian civilization, the complex of temples with its gardens joined the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, especially since its history dates back to the 12th century AD; It was built during the reign of King Sarvarman II. The temple consists of five towers stacked in a semi-circular shape to form a lotus flower. It is surrounded on the outside by a fence or wall four and a half meters long, and the fence is surrounded by a moat 190 meters wide.
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