Like images, words give you two dimensions:
the setting and the how leaving you to emotions.
Far away somewhere in Summerset Isles
lies Chateau Tamriel with castles for rooms.
Google search and Wikipedia are pages
devoted to showing around the past in results.
Behind each door of Chateau Tamriel are clues
to truths, arts, and beauties forgotten in modern times.
I went ahead and asked the chateau’s pages
to show me around and these are my findings:
First stop is Castle Neuschwanstein of Ludwig II of Bavaria.
A tribute to Richard Wagner Romanesque ways
was used by 3rd Reich to store his gold reserves.
Today it is Europe’s World War II’s catalogue of arts.
Next is Castle Lichtenstein of Wilhelm Hauff of Germany.
Built to commemorate its unfriendly lords
and as an exemplary fortress of the middle ages.
King Frederick I rebuilt it to reflect Romanticism.
Today it holds “Death of the Virgin Mary” Michael Wolgemut’s
master piece and is owned by Urach Dukes.
Castle Lichtenstein is still open for tourists.
Third is Castle Ljubljana of the Habsburgs of Slovenia.
Built to replace the Spanheim’s fortress and as jails.
Ever since the end of Napoleon’s Enlightenment wars
the castle offers its beauty and art exhibitions to visitors.
Fourth is Chateau De Chinon of Theobald I, Count of Blois.
It used to be home of France’s
King Philip II until Templar Knights.
Heresy accused Templars were its prisoners.
They say last grand master of the Templars
Jacques De Molay was one of the prisoners.
Richard the Lionhearted died within its walls.
Even Jean D’Arc went there to persuade Charles II
of France to reclaim Orleans from England.
Today it is considered a historical monument in France.
Fifth is Chateau De Saumur of Theobald I, Count of Blois
was built as a castle then turned into a chateau.
Built as a fortification against Norman predations
until it was destroyed by Plantagenet’s enemies.
Henry II of England rebuilt it as an equestrian quarters.
Today it is a museum for horses with forty six buildings.
Its soft Tuffeau stones hold a special figurines
collection of French kings, clowns, horses, and soldiers.
Sixth is Chateau De Chenonceau of the Marques of France.
Built as an architectural mixture of Gothic Renaissance
but later confiscated from the Marques
for sedition charges.Henry II gave the Chateau as
a gift to Diane de Poitiers who was his mistress
until Catherine de Medici took it by force.
Gaston Menier converted the Chateau’s
gallery during the War into hospital wards
and used it to escape Nazi forces
to Cher River to the free zone.
Today Henri Menier a famous
chocolatier owns the chateau.
Seventh is Castle Kronborg of King Eric VII of Denmark.
Built as the King’s stronghold, immortalized in Shakespeare's
Hamlet in Elsinore making it Renaissance’s
most important castle among Europe's castles.
Destroyed by fire and occupied by the Swedish forces
who used it as a Garrison Fortress.
Caroline Mathilde of Britain was one of its prisoners.
According to Arthurian legends Holger of the Danes
sleeps there until needed to save his homelands.
Legend has it that his beard touches the grounds.
Today the treasure-less Castle receives many tourists.
Eighth is Alcazar of Segovia on Guadarrama mountains.
Built as state prison, royal artillery college, royal palace,
and military academy under the Moors.
Eleanor of England replaced its wooden fence
with stone making it Isabella I's hiding place.
Today the castle is part of the world heritage .
Ninth is Stirling Castle of Scotland's Kenneth MacAlpin.
Known as Snowfall and is part of the Stirling sill.
Snowfall witnessed eight sieges
during Scottish Independence Wars.
Home for many Scottish kings and queens.
Today the castle’s grounds
are used for music and venues of artists.
Featured on the back of twenty pounds
and also in Colditz drama series.
Tenth is Warwick Castle of William the Conqueror of England.
Rebuilt with stone during 100 years wars.
It was King James’ stronghold
until he granted it to the Grevilles.
The castle was leased to Nick Leslau's
investment firm for thirty five years.
Thank you for visiting Chateau Tamriel.
I hope you enjoyed my 2d lines.
You now must find your 3ds
to find depth through your hearts.
For images, 2d tours, and further info on each of the castles please visit the following link: