The best way to visualize history is to view a piece of it. And the easiest way to do this is to visit one of the worlds many castles and castle ruins, which tell stories of love and hate, war and peace.

Some of the most beautiful and historic castles are visited by thousands of people every year, keen to experience these man-made bastions from a by-gone era. Below, we have listed, in no particular order, 50 "Must See" Castles from around the World. Note: We reviewed castles not only for their beauty but for their ability to show that once there was a different culture thriving in a place that now its far but

obviously not forgotten. Enjoy! Castles in Europe Wales Scotland Ireland England Germany Belgium Austria Sweden Switzerland Netherlands France Spain Italy Croatia Romania Poland The Czech Republic Greece Cyprus Portugal Slovenia Slovakia Lithuania Castles in Asia China Korea Japan India Castles in North America Mexico Castles in South America Canada Castles in Africa South Africa [toggle title="Credits(contact me for more credits)"]Palacio da Pena castle Trakai Castle Chapultepec Castle Casa Loma Castle of Good Hope

This year Ketel One Bar Design Competition in Australia was won by Melbourne's Y2Architecture scheme that incorporated salvaged materials from architecture offices.

The jury was impressed by Y2Architecture's submission for equally meeting three core criteria for any architectural work; innovation, functionality and style.   Credits

Whiz Design architectures from Bucuresti, Romania created this design for a house far away from the city having a nice view after thinking it would be the perfect place to build a summer house.


Japanese architect and interior designer Joe Chikamori, representative of the architectural design office "07Beach", re-designed IROHA bar in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Owner of the bar guidelines was to create a bar that would set the counter as the backbone of the restaurant and let Japanese businessmen enjoy both the Japanese oriented food and talking to the Vietnamese lady staff. Chikamori designed 1st floor

using an S line where guests and staff will cross each other paths without any borders separating them. He used stairs to sweeten the existing difference in floor level. Iroha Bar Gallery Credit photos by Hiroyuki Oki DECON PHOTO STUDIO

Jose Gregorio, three times national Surf champion, asked architect Jorge Graca Costa to design his house located at the top of a hill over Saint Lorenzo Bay at Portugal.

U House exterior

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This 300 sqr meter house is surrounded by a dense of trees and entertains both modern design and sustainability born from exciting and fresh architecture solutions. Pics below are taken by FG + SG. (more…)