Finding the largest castle in the world is not as straightforward as it might sound. First, although commonly defined as “a defensive structure built as a residence for a ruler or nobleman”. It isn’t always clear what a castle really is. Back to the old days, castle was not a symbol of political power but also the symbol of royal wealth. Below are three luxurious and big castles in the world.
1. Malbork Castle (143,591)
Malbork’s blockbuster attraction is its show-stoppingly massive castle sitting on the banks of the sluggish Nogat River, an eastern arm of the Vistula. The construction of Marienburg (Fortress of Mary) was begun by the Teutonic Knights in the 13th century and was the headquarters of the order for almost 150 years; its vast bulk is an apt embodiment of its weighty history.
2. Mehrangarh Fort (81,227)
Mehrangarh, located in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, is one of the largest forts in India. Built-in around 1459 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. Inside its boundaries, there are several palaces famous for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards. A winding road leads to and from the city below. Moreover, the imprints of the impact of cannonballs fired by attacking armies of Jaipur can still visible on the second gate. Also, to the left of the fort is the chhatri of Kirat Singh Soda, a soldier who fell on the spot defending Mehrangarh.
There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning ‘victory gate’). It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Also, there is a Fattehpol (also meaning ‘victory gate’), which commemorates Maharaja Ajit Singhji victory over Mughals.
3. Prague Castle (66,761)
Prague Castle is one of the largest castles in the world (the largest according to the Guinness Book of Records). The castle dates back to the 9th century and was expanded several times until second half of the 18th century. The castle itself houses a complex of sights including the St. Vitus Cathedral and the St. George’s Basilica.