Love is the feeling which helps us live and sometimes even survive (depending on the circumstances). Besides, love is a force that makes you accomplish feats. Now, we have lots of examples proving that love can sometimes dictate how architecture is made. Here are some of the best buildings, houses, and even castles built in the name of love. Some of them were built many centuries ago, but they still exist..
1. Taj Mahal, India
You’ll hardly find a person who has never heard of Taj Mahal. This building is one of the greatest achievements in world architecture. It was built more than 400 centuries ago, but right now, it continues amazing its visitors. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan after the death of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She died after she gave birth to a 14th child of Shah Jahan.
After this, Shah was prostrated with grief and even wanted to commit suicide. The sorrow made him build this amazing palace in honor of his love.
2. Coral Castle, USA
This is a big sculpture park built by the Latvian immigrant. The total weight of some sculptures is more than 1,000 tons. If to believe some historical facts, this man built the castle alone. He mostly worked at nights; no one saw him working.
He was working on this project for more than 20 years! This construction was built for his ex (they broke up just before the wedding). However, the girl was a smart alec and didn’t even come to see this place. Add this place to your tourist trail! You won’t regret it! It shows that love in the heart can live forever.
3. Boldt Castle, New York
Those who come to this melting pot for the first time in their life should definitely visit Boldt Castle. It was built by a German immigrant for his loved one. George Boldt was a millionaire and decided to buy an island and build an incredible castle there.
After that, he started building the castle (in 1900). Unfortunately, his loved one died unexpectedly and didn’t see the result. The man stopped building the castle and sank himself into depression. Later, the state government bought this castle and reconstructed it. Now, you can visit this place and see its beauty with your own eyes.
4. Thornewood Castle, Washington DC
Planning a fairy-tale wedding? You should consider this place – a 500-year-old castle built in the name of love. It is situated in Washington State. Mr. Chester Thorne is regarded to be the founder of this building. He wanted to make an amazing gift for his wife, and it seems like he managed to achieve that goal.
He bought a 400-year-old building in England and shipped it (brick by brick) to the USA. These old bricks were used to build the Tudor Gothic Castle in the USA. Today, many couples book this place for their wedding ceremonies.
5. UFO House, Puerto Rico
This building can’t boast of a too long history. However, it is also worth your attention. It was built by Roberto Rivera for his ex-girlfriend. When he was a teenager, he dated a young lady. He promised her that he would build a house, resembling a flashing UFO. However, she left him but Roberto didn’t want to scrap his idea.
After he graduated from a higher educational establishment, he started building the house. When his girlfriend saw the result, she wanted to get back together, but her attempts were in vain. Roberto was aggrieved and couldn’t forgive her. Now, every visitor of Puerto Rico can see it; it is built on the hillside, so you’ll definitely notice it.
However, she left him but Roberto didn’t want to scrap his idea, and after he graduated from a higher educational establishment, he started building the house. When his girlfriend saw the result, she wanted to get back together, but her attempts were in vain. Roberto was aggrieved and couldn’t forgive her. Now, every visitor of Puerto Rico can see it; it is built on the hillside, so you’ll definitely notice it.
6. Swallow’s Nest Castle, Ukraine
At a glance, this is a foremost landmark, but it also deserves your attention. This is a well-known neo-Gothic fortress which is located more than 100 feet above the Black Sea. The project was developed by a well-known German noble at the beginning of the 20th century.
He visited Crimea, saw this hill, and decided that this place would be perfect for a romantic castle. The views are amazing there! If you plan your trip to Crimea, you must add this place to your tourist trail. Now, every tourist can visit this place and enjoy its amazing views.
7. Kellie’s Castle, Malaysia
If you plan your trip to Asia and want to see some amazing sightseeing objects, you shouldn’t walk past this castle. It was built almost 100 years ago. The founder is a well-known Scottish expat. He came to Malaysia together with his wife, but the woman missed Scotland very much.
The man loved his wife and decided to build a real Scottish castle in Malaysia. Unfortunately, he couldn’t finish the building because he died of pneumonia. Now, the castle lies in ruins. However, you can still come here and make amazing photos. Its owner died more than 100 years ago, but his castle is still alive and shows that real love is everlasting.
8. The Petit Trianon, France
If you are going to visit France, you shouldn’t just walk past this monument. It was built in the middle of the 18th century by the king Louis XV. It is a part of the Grand Palace of Versailles. The king loved Madam de Pompadour and wanted to make a gift for her. Unfortunately, she didn’t see the result because she died right before the completion of the building. It seems like the king wasn’t disappointed and gifted the castle to his 19-year-old lover, Marie Antoinette. Now, every tourist in France can visit this place and make some fascinating photos there.
9. Mystery Castle, Arizona
This building is not as beautiful as the previous ones, but still, it also deserves your attention. We have already discussed the best landmarks built in the name of love (the love of a man to a woman). Now, it is time to have a look at this creature created by a father for his daughter.
his building is not as beautiful as the previous ones, but still, it also deserves your attention. We have already discussed the best landmarks built in the name of love (the love of a man to a woman). Now, it is time to have a look at this creature created by a father for his daughter.
This heartwarming structure won’t leave you indifferent. The man couldn’t see his daughter for a long time and decided to build a house for her. He used automobile parts, cement, railway waste, bricks, and other materials that were not meant for building.
10. Torrechiara Castle, Italy
This building is the foremost testimony of love between two people, Bianca Pellegrini and Pier Maria II de’ Rossi. It is located in the province of Parma. So if you are going to visit northern Italy, you should definitely visit this place too. It was built more than 400 centuries ago in honor of beautiful Bianca Pellegrini. Today, this building is regarded to be a national monument which is protected by the country.
Both Bianca and Pier were married, but when they met each other, they fell in love. Pire decided to erect a castle for Bianca which later became their love nest. The castle definitely deserves your attention because this building is a perfect mix of military architecture and the Renaissance period. In current times, its courtyard is widely used for summer theater events.
Love changes people. Some of us start building castles in the name of love, whereas others do some other things to show that they are in love. We have discussed the best landmarks built in the name of love during different time periods. Some of them are still alive; you can visit them at any time convenient for you. Some of them are located in your country.
There’s no need to plan a too expensive trip in order to see all of them. Some landmarks are situated near you, so you can start with them. All in all, these buildings deserve your attention! Who knows, maybe they will inspire you for doing something special for your loved one?